This Saturday, October 7th, Japanese artist Kazuki Takamatsu returns to Corey Helford Gallery with a brand new selection of works in his solo show, ‘Parallelization Era’. Takamatsu’s signature aesthetic is created using a technique known as “depth mapping”, which consists of a combination of classical drawing, airbrush, graphics and gouache hand painting to create the incredible and alluring depth which make his artworks unmistakeable.
As Corey Helford Gallery describes: “This process makes it so that every single pixel appears as a specific shade of grey which is proportional to the distance the viewer sees it from. Thanks to this technique Takamatsu is able to give his work an incredible amount of depth and surrealism. His monochromatic Lolitas are born in a study and they are then shaped through infinite shades and tones of whites and greys, to emerge from an abysmal depth into the breathtaking compositions that are Takamatsu’s final pieces.”
This exhibition is a group of works that expresses the parallel processing of human beings, who use multiple brains to derive a single answer at high speed. In recent years, I feel that we don’t for ourselves but rather we ask the internet all our questions.
We’ve entered an age in which we can share answers that feel good to us with someone we don’t even know. It’s as if there are many alter egos of you all over the world and it’s not only for humans, it could also be A.I. You will be given answers one after another, answers that you have never experienced, what you should do in the future, and even what you should buy.
I feel a strange sense of wonder in this age where efficiency is so important that we no longer worry about a single answer and think deeply about it. Someone is a part of me, and I am a part of someone else.Kazuki Takamatsu
Kazuki Takamatsu: ‘Parallelization Era’
Opening Reception: October 7, 2023 | 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm (free entry)
Exhibitions Dates: October 7 – November 11, 2023
Corey Helford Gallery
Main Gallery, 571 S Anderson St (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Visiting Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
For inquiries, contact the gallery via firstname.lastname@example.org
From press release – about Kazuki Takamatsu:
Kazuki Takamatsu was born in Sendai, Japan in 1978. From a country known both for its picturesque landscapes and for its extremely high suicide rate, his work aims to highlight this duality of enchanting beauty and dreadful sadness.
Takamatsu attended the “Oil Painting” faculty at the renowned Tohoku University of Art and Design, where he graduated in 2001. He currently lives and works in his hometown, Sendai, known for having been nearly completely destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami Tohoku in 2011. Takamatsu’s work still presents a clear connection to those catastrophic events, and his work creates beautiful hybrids of pain and hope, luring the viewer into a never-ending spiral of emotions.
Open to the public and free of charge, ‘Parallelization Era’ is set to debut on Saturday, October 7th from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm in CHG’s Main Gallery. The award-winning, international renowned German artist duo Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk [coarse] will open the same night in the Main Gallery with their new exhibition ‘Because I Wanted You To Know’. Also opening the same night will be the gallery’s second instalment of their Literartistry II group show in Gallery 2 and a three-artist show, titled Bound by Nature, in Gallery 3 featuring new works by Canadian illustrator and author Dena Seiferling, surreal painter of nature Lisa Ericson, and Russian born/Sydney-based painter Yulia Pustoshkina.
All shows will be on view through November 11th.
About Corey Helford Gallery:
Established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer/creator Bruce Helford, Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goal as an institution is supporting the growth of artists, from the young and emerging, to the well-known and internationally established. CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture. Collectively, their artists encompass style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti, and Street Art. Located in downtown Los Angeles in a robust 12,000 square foot building, CHG presents new exhibitions approximately every six weeks.