FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two Solo Exhibitions
Koji Takei, "Isometry", new sculpture; D5 Gallery
Robert Sean Coons, "Distortions", new paintings; C2 Gallery
September 6 – 27, 2008
Opening Receptions: Saturday, September 6, 6:30-8:30 pm


Robert Berman Gallery
Bergamot Station Art Center
2525 Michigan Avenue, C-2, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 315-1937, Fax: (310) 315-9508
E-mail: berman@artnet.net
Web site: http://www.robertbermangallery.com
Gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until 6pm


Robert Sean Coons, Sunset Stripped, 2008, oil on canvas, 24 x 96 inches.

Robert Berman Gallery proudly presents a solo art exhibition from Robert Sean Coons titled “Distortions,” a collection of new paintings that are influenced by the artist’s surroundings and his ability to deceive the viewer by changing their perception of the obvious. Each painting is a vision that changes meaning according to your relative contextual environment.
 
Coons encourages the viewer to seek out the hidden dimensions of each painting through his discovery and interpretation, however, the underlying subject matter is not easily revealed. Varying in sizes, the foreground images are created in repeat motif style of fun themes and act as a diversion, while the background images display his Los Angeles surroundings of sex and beautiful women. The artist expresses the overall concept as “ work showing the prevailing sexual nature of the human experience and how it underlines most everything we are and do whether we admit it or not.”

Through this time consuming process of developing multiple levels of concept, Coons is able to create beauty and wonder while surprising the viewer. These fun works with sexy hidden images creates an emotional experience as your perception changes as the underlying subject matter is revealed.

Robert Sean Coons was born in 1968 in Stanford, CA. He received his B.F.A, at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. He presently works and lives in Los Angeles.



Koji Takei, Isometry 1, 2008, wood and fabric, 29 x 21 x 28 inches.

Robert Berman Gallery is also pleased to present Koji Takei’s most recent body of work, titled “Isometry,” which reflects the juxtaposition between the complex and the simple. The artist alters everyday objects, humorously tweaking proportion and perspective. By rearranging the pieces he is able to create an altered perception where these once everyday objects are now seen in a different light.
 
The musical instruments are meant to be a representation of the artist’s complex life. The original instruments are constructed simply, to create beautiful music. When dissected and joined together again they become complicated and nonfunctional. They appear to be holding together in harmony, but they are vulnerable to falling apart. Takei expresses, “the chairs echo my struggle for simplification. I see my life consisting of length, width and depth, as in three-point perspective. Taking away one of these perspective points, like in an isometric drawing, reflects my effort to simplify.” As life grows increasingly multi-faceted and convoluted for the artist, these chairs make him feel at peace because they are uncomplicated and resolved in their own peculiar way.
 
Koji Takei graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA and is currently living and working in Los Angeles.




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