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"Lotus of Wood: Yoshihiro Suda"
2006-02-25 until 2006-03-25
Chung King Project
Los Angeles, CA, USA United States of America

Chung King Project is pleased to announce Yoshihiro Suda's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles running from February 25 to March 25, 2006. Yoshihiro Suda (b. 1969), is internationally known for his installations of delicate carved, wooden plant life. Suda's sculptures of indigenous Japanese plants and flowers, including camelias, magnolias, and roses, as well as common weeds, are meticulously created with surprising realism and in true-to-life scale that at times borders on the miniscule.

As works of installation art they are modest, effacing, and at times nearly invisible. Yet these carvings have an overwhelming presence that dominates their surroundings. His manner of exhibiting works in unexpected locations urges the viewer to rediscover the work's surrounding environment and architectures with fresh eyes and to experience spaces anew. As such there is a temporal, even performative, aspect to his artistic practice. Ultimately Suda locates significance in the moments of encounter between the environment, the sculpted form, and the viewer. For the exhibition at Chung King Project Suda will create a special installation for this space using two carved magnolia flowers, a purple and a white one. The artist carves these fragile pieces from magnolia wood before hand-painting them with traditional Japanese pigments to produce exact replicas of these natural flowers, in this particular case using the original material of the plant implying a double bind.

Yoshihiro Suda who had a solo show at the Art Institute Chicago in 2003 has recently shown his work at the Louisana Museum Copenhagen, Kunsthalle Graz and Beyeler Foundation Basel.

Chung King Project is a collaborative project between Mihai Nicodim (Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles), Nicholas Baker and ZoŽ Foster (fa projects, London) and Friedrich Loock (Wohnmaschine, Berlin).


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