10 Sep Tomokazu Matsuyama – East Weets Mest
Tomokazu Matsuyama has a solo exhibition of new works at the Joshua Liner gallery, New York.
September 8th to October 8th, 2011
East Weets Mest, an exhibition of new paintings, installation and sculpture by the New York-based Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama. Matsuyama’s wildly colorful art relocates traditional Japanese icons and imagery into a broader international mix of styles, signs, and symbols. The spoonerism of the show’s title, East Weets Mest, playfully mimics this relocation and subsequent homogenization of cultural material, which Matsuyama identifies as a key force in contemporary life. “Urban centers are becoming increasingly familiar, with their patchwork of intermingling cultural signifiers,” says the artist. “This chaotic mix has become the everyday, where traditions and local signifiers dissolve into one another to make a unique new shape of today’s culture.”