The Latcham Gallery presents
Nobuo Kubota, Louise Noguchi,
Naomi Yasui and Akira Yoshikawa
June 14 – July 28, 2012
Opening Reception and performance by Nobuo Kubota
Thursday June 14, 7-9 pm. Artists present. Everyone is welcome.
The Latcham Gallery is very excited to host TransFormal – a group exhibition with four Japanese- Canadian contemporary artists whose work touches in some way the idea of transformation.
Be sure not to miss the opening reception where Governor General Award for Visual and Media Art recipient Nobuo Kubota will offer one of his riveting performances of sound poetry. He will use the gallery itself as a resonator to share his improvised vocalizations that are guaranteed to enchant. Sculpture, photography and works on paper that relate directly to Kubota's performance will also be on display.
Towering other-worldly forms that resemble robotic misfits are on offer from Louise Noguchi's Shanghai Dragon series. Are they representations of out-dated visions of the future or romanticized Hollywood versions of the past? The ambiguity allows the viewer to make their own connections with these pink styrofoam giants.
Naomi Yasui uses the gallery walls to create an alchemical apothecary with her Alchemical Vessel Series. It is a collection of 59 porcelain vessels each representing one of the 59 elements from alchemist Torber Bergman's table of the elements, published in 1775. Yasui believes "the nature of ceramics is a transformative experience; the process of moving a raw material through pyrotechnology is a phenomenon that can be described as magical or spiritual."
We are very happy to welcome back Akira Yoshikawa to present new works at the Latcham Gallery. Akira was included in our 2008, exhibition, Order/Disorder: A Sculpture Show, curated by Georgiana Uhlyarik. His poignant and mischievous interventions into the gallery space endeavour to focus our attention in the present moment. His investigations into order and chaos invite the viewer to consider the everyday materials he uses and transcend the "obsolete past or the unknown future" and experience the everyday sublime that is readily found in the here and now.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.
The Latcham Gallery is a public art gallery dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art. The Gallery is located on the Main Street in Stouffville, 45 minutes north-east of Toronto, Ontario.
Nobuo Kubota was born in Vancouver BC. and studied architecture at U of T. As a musician he has preformed with The Artists Jazz Band as well as the improvisational orchestra known as CCMC and was a founding member of The Music Gallery in Toronto. He has performed and exhibited his work internationally in a career that has spanned over 50 years and in 2009 was the recipient of The Governors General's Award in Visual and Media Art.
Louise Noguchi was born in Toronto ON. She received her MFA from the University of Windsor, Canada and AOCA from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. She is a professor in the Art and Art History program, a collaborative joint program between Sheridan Institute and the University of Toronto Mississauga where she teaches photography and performance-based art. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.
Naomi Yasui was born in Toronto ON. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a BDes in Material Art & Design. She is a member of The Wardens and is co-creator of The Wardens Today with Heather Goodchild. She has exhibited her work nationally.
Akira Yoshikawa was born in Hiroshima in 1949 and immigrated to Toronto with his mother in 1961. He graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design in experimental art in 1974 and has since exhibited his work both nationally and internationally.