Taro Shinoda

Buried Treasure: Taro Shinoda

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 2, 6-9 pm

Artist talk: Sunday, February 6, 3 pm

The work of Taro Shinoda often engages themes of science, adaptation and desire. During a three-month residency in Los Angeles, Shinoda constructed a trailer based on an engawa, the traditional viewing platform that separates architecture, or the domestic space, from the garden, or enchanted space. A man-made attempt to represent the universe through an ideal landscape, the traditional Japanese garden is a recurring theme in Shinoda’s work. By taking his mobile engawa into the landscape of the American West, the artist considers how the landscape might direct man’s relationship to nature in the future. For Buried Treasure, the artist presents the mobile engawa as a place for visitors to sit and meditate on their place in the universe. A catalogue featuring writing by Mori Art Museum Curator Mami Kataoka and REDCAT Gallery Director and Curator Eungie Joo will be available in March.

Born in 1964, Taro Shinoda emerged as a practicing artist at the age of 30. He has participated in a number of major group exhibitions including Roppongi Crossing (2004) at the Mori Art Museum, Living Together is Easy (2004) at Art Tower Mito and the National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne; Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Centre of Attraction: 8th Baltic Triennial of Iinternational Art, the 2001 Yokohama Triennial, and Under Construction: New Dimensions in Contemporary Asian Art in Seoul, Beijing, and Tokyo. Shinoda lives and works in Tokyo. BURIED TREASURE: TARO SHINODA is the artist's first solo outside of Japan.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the American Center Foundation, Eve Steele and Peter Gelles, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by National Endowment for the Arts, Shiseido Co., Ltd., The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles and Discover Signs. The artist’s Los Angeles residency is funded by the Asian Cultural Council.

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