Matzu-MTP, Estevan Oriol, & Yasumasa "Yone" Yonehara
written by Joy Suthigoseeya
OPENING RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING
May 3, 2007 from 7pm-9:30pm
Through May 31, 2007
After dropping the ball last month by actually attending the last Upperplayground opening but never getting around to posting it (I know, insert choice expletive here SLACKER!), this time around Im FIERCELY determined to show some follow-through by attempting to post this months coverage in a most efficient and timely manner.
As a contemporary artist living and working in NY, Matzu-MTP presents his solo SF show concurrent with the release of his new book Visual Dialect of Maztzu-MTP/Tomokokazu Matsuyama". The 96-page hardcover book, published by Fifty24SF gallery, features paintings and installations shown in past exhibitions and urban environments throughout New York.
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
Tomokokazu Matzu" Matsuyamas work is a blend of traditional Japanese aesthetics fused with modern western sensibilities. His images are composed of flat graphical components that are brought together by his strong use of placement and negative space. He uses icons such as roosters, swans, warriors and hunters that are illustrated in traditional Japanese color palettes. With work shown internationally, Matzu has been featured in publications such as New York Times, Village Voice, Vapors, Transworld Snowboarding and Dazed & Confused.
Unfortunately, there wasn't a big of a turnout as usual due to the fact I think everyone was home watching the Warrior's game. Or at least that was the word on the street. GO WARRIORS!
This is Danielle. She was a sport for coming out with me.
I meant to get a picture of Matzu but we got there sort of late and even though I was introduced to him, by the time I thought to get a picture of the artist with his work I think he was gone. Or at least had stepped away for a minute. DOH!
So Im doing the next best thing. Grabbing a picture from a random blog. Not sure who to credit exactly since its in Japanese but its from the blog of a Takahiro Okazawa
And just for kicks Im putting up pictures from the April show. For posteritys sake!
Note: I almost didnt go to this but figuring that Id be a major loser for the inability to walk the 3 blocks from my front door to the gallery door, I forced myself out from the cozy confines of my room into the cold and misty San Francisco night. Boy, am I sure glad I went!
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
Estevan Oriol began his career in the entertainment industry in the late 1980s as a club bouncer at several of Los Angeles' most popular hip hop clubs and infamous Hollywood hangouts. In 1995 he began his forge into photography, thus discovering his talents at capturing the raw essence of street life. Within a short time, he became featured in dozens of magazines worldwide including The Source, Details, Vibe, The Fader and Rolling Stone. Oriol is currently one of the creative directors and partners of SA Studios, a creative agency he formed with Mister Cartoon based in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to exhibiting his photography worldwide, Estevan still finds time to direct music videos for such groups as Cypress Hill, D12, Linkin Park and Blink 182 as well as feature films.
Yasumasa "Yone" Yonehara is the founder of Egg Magazine, a Japanese photo periodical that features a candid look at ganguro girls on the streets of Japan. He is known for his polaroids of semi-erotic images of women which has landed him projects with American Apparel and editorials for magazines such as Dazed & Confused, Warp and Vice. As an editor, creative director and photographer, Yone has published numerous books and continues to exhibit worldwide.
The opening reception was held April 5, 2007 from 7-9:30 p.m. at FIFTY24SF Gallery.
This show was great since the work of both artists complemented each other well.
These were cool. They were made up of the repetition of smaller photographs.
Last but not least, this is Stu. The gallery director and all around super swell guy. Say hi to him next time you see him.
And Th-th-th-that's all folks!
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