Edwin Ushiro :: Ryuichi Ogino @ LeBasse Projects 9/12/09
Edwin Ushiro :: Ryuichi Ogino @ LeBasse Projects 9/12/09
LeBasse Projects presents:

"Softly Encompassing the Womb" - A Solo Exhibition by Edwin Ushiro

“Idealistically Hypocritical 3” - Ryuichi Ogino in the Project Room

September 12th – October 3rd 2009
Opening reception: Saturday, September 12th, 7pm-10pm

Los Angeles, CA – LeBasse Projects proudly presents the return of artist Edwin Ushiro to the gallery with a new solo exhibition, Softly Encompassing the Womb. His latest collection of multimedia paintings will be complemented by that of fellow Japanese artist Ryuichi Ogino, whose Idealistically Hypocritical 3 is featured in the galleryʼs project room.

Whereas his last foray with the gallery, 2008ʼs While Tides Guide You Back Home, was a bittersweet homage to his native Hawaii, Ushiroʼs new works continue to use childhood memories as a main source of inspiration, this time with a more distanced perspective as he tangles idealized tales of his
own adolescence with fantasy and folklore. Concentrating on his years in intermediate school, this series introduces a cast of characters modeled after real fixtures of Ushiroʼs past. Woven into the dreamlike scenarios he illustrates is imagery from ghost stories the artist encountered and relished in
this period of his youth. The result is a collection of work that is decidedly darker and more mature than others in his repertoire.

While both artists take inspiration from Japanese anime, Ryuichi Ogino keeps the focus on Pop Art, creating work that is more conceptual than figurative. Oginoʼs artwork ranges from whimsical to edgy with a nod to Takashi Murakamiʼs postmodern “Superflat” style. The latest of his ongoing series,
Idealistically Hypocritical 3, combines elements of modernist illustration, text, sculpture and installation.

For additional inquiries please contact:
contact@lebasseprojects.com or 310.558.0200

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Elly MacKay commented on January 29, 2010 5:30am
this is beautiful