Takako Yamaguchi

Untitled (the gallery will be closed), 2020
Oil and Bronze Leaf on Plaster (and adjacent surfaces)
Dimensions Irregular (painted image plus adjacent surfaces)

1133 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Above the entrance on Constance Street) The proposed work will be on display above the gallery entrance on Constance street at the corner of Venice Blvd and Constance Street. (There's only Venice Blvd address and there is no Constance St address for the building.)

Artist Statement
I rely on the portability of painting, my preferred medium, to the point of almost taking it for granted. Nonetheless, I recognize that portable art isn’t context-free art, that even an easel painting is in some sense “site specific,” inextricably tied to the institutions from which it borrows and to which it lends credibility and legitimacy. In this spirit I have chosen to “decorate,” so to speak, an existing architectural element, a 1930’s era bas-relief composed of Modernist organic imagery of the sort that has long figured in my own paintings. This new artwork is situated directly above the now locked and gated doors of my Los Angeles gallery, as-is.la, thus its parenthetical title, “the gallery will be closed.”

Biography
Born and raised in Japan, Takako Yamaguchi is a long time resident of Southern California. She has shown widely there, in New York and in other American cities. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held in Japan, Berlin and Mexico City. She is a recipient of artist grants including Tree of life Individual Artist Grant, California Community Foundation / Getty Fellowship Grant for midcareer artists, a Gottlieb Foundation grant, and a City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship. Her works are in both private and public collections including the Buck collection at UC Irvine, Nola Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, Utah, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, Long Beach Museum of Art, CA among others.