January 26, 2005 - REDCAT - Taro Shinoda
January 26, 2005

Taro Shinoda

Taro Shinoda, Engawa Site Project (ESP), 2004-2005   

Taro Shinoda
Buried Treasure 

3 February – 3 April 2005

Opening reception: Wednesday, 2 February 6-9 p.m.
Artist’s talk: Sunday, 6 February 3 p.m.

Gallery at REDCAT (the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater)
631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA
t: + www.redcat.org

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 manmade attempt to represent the universe through an ideal landscape, the traditional Japanese garden is a recurring theme in Shinoda’s work. With his engawa hitched to a 1987 Ford Ranger, the artist traveled to the Navajo Nation, up the Pacific coast past Big Sur, and east to Yosemite National Park. Taking his mobile engawa into the landscape of the American west, the artist considers how the existing 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. On the entrance wall, his travel notes discuss his experiences on the road. A catalogue featuring writing by Mori Art Museum curator Mami Kataoka and Gallery at REDCAT director and curator Eungie Joo will be available in mid-March.

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 Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by Shiseido Co., Ltd. and The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Discover Signs, and R-23. The artist’s Los Angeles residency is funded by the Asian Cultural Council.

Exhibition dates: 3 February to 3 April 2005
Gallery hours: noon to 6 pm or curtain, closed Mondays

631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA

Admission to the gallery is always free
Visit www.redcat.org or call + for information

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