‘Picking Up Where We Left Off’ New work from Yoskay Yamamoto
LBP :: Culver City September 10th – October 1st 2011 Artist reception: Saturday, September 10th, 7-10p
Los Angeles, CA – LeBasse Projects is proud to announce, Picking Up Where We Left Off, a solo exhibition from Japanese artist Yoskay Yamamoto. This will be the artist’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, and will showcase an intentionally looser body of work.
The show continues from where Yamamoto left off in 2010 by exhibiting both painting and sculptural work. While the show doesn’t focus on a specific theme, it continues the intimate statements of self-expression that began in his last series of exhibitions. The freedom in the new work allows Yamamoto to create a deeper variety in both emotion and expression than his previous few shows.
The title of the exhibit, Picking Up Where We Left Off, references the time Yamamoto was able to spend with his family earlier this year – it had been more than eight years since he had seen his brother. Yamamoto was relieved that they were all able to reconnect as if no time had passed. This reconnection with family has inspired Yamamoto’s new paintings and sculptural works.
About Yoskay Yamamoto Born and raised in Toba, Japan, Yoskay Yamamoto moved to the United States at the age of 15. A self-trained illustrator, Yamamoto’s artistic tastes expanded as he fell in love with the pop culture of California. Yamamoto discovered a way to fuse the two different cultural backgrounds together into his work. Yamamoto nostalgically blends pop iconic characters from his adopted western home with traditional and mythical Japanese elements, balancing his Asian heritage with urban pop art. He has sold out his work recently at shows in New York, San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles.
About LeBasse Projects LeBasse Projects is a contemporary art gallery committed to showcasing the talents of a select group of international artists. Since opening its doors in Los Angelesʼ Culver City Arts District in 2007, LeBasse highlights emerging talent and is focused on developing the careers of a select group including Yoskay Yamamoto, Mike Stilkey, Herakut, Nate Frizzell, Andrew Hem, Melissa Haslam, Alexandros Vasmoulakis, Joshua Petker, Thomas Doyle, Morgan Slade and more.
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Tomorrow night Yoskay Yamamoto’s solo show ‘Picking Up Where We Left Off” opens at LeBasse Projects Culver City. I had a chance recently to ask Yoskay to tell me a little more… Erica J: How did you come up with your upcoming show title, ‘Picking Up Where We Left Off?’ Yoskay Yamamoto: It refers to the time when my family came to visit me earlier this year. I don’t get to see them very often and it’s comforting to know that you can still reconnect with them without any tension or awkwardness. Also it is simply about the relationship of my work and myself. EJ: How has your recent reconnection with your family influenced this upcoming show? YY: Seeing my nieces and spending time with them was a very pleasant experience. Also reconnecting with my brother who I haven’t seen in 8 years was quite a big deal to me. I think they helped to set certain moods in some of the paintings, such as “Stay Gold” and “Here, Water.”
EJ: This show includes a few of your amazing hand carved wood sculptures. How did you start to carve in wood? YY: I have always been a fan of old Buddhist sculpture. I wanted to use an old traditional material with a modern approach.
EJ: What do you get out of sculpting compared to painting? YY: To me both sculpting and painting are a challenge to create satisfying work. In the end it is about creating something that inspires me to push myself forward. EJ: What inspires you and keeps you motivated as an artist? YY: Seeing other artists work inspires me but I like to think my own work motivates me to be the best I can be.
EJ: What’s next? YY: There are a few exciting projects that I'm involved with. I just finished the painting for an album cover for my friend’s band, "Children of Nova." I also have a pottery project that I'm very excited about. But what I'm most excited about is the sculpture show next year in February. It will be a lot different from my normal work but I think people will enjoy them.