Curated by Anjela Piccard.
Shinichi Sugimoto: "City of Gravity"White Box Contemporary (1040 7th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101) Map it
The international exhibition "City of Gravity" also Kiin Seido, transcends beyond the literally translation "movement of energy", into a graduation of existence as a holding point. As one of the oldest and often noted as the most famous metropolises in Japan, Kyoto, here the works of artist Sugimoto clearly merges tradition with the abyss of what lies ahead not only for a culture, but rather a vast changing global identity.
As gravity scientifically quantifies the generalized and accepted truth of global pole positioning, this multi-year series of original paintings humanize through layers with strategic and often seemingly chaotic depth. Though form, object placement, recognizable and yet puzzling figures, these meticulous layers draw the viewer deep within an opportunity of validation or denial. Here gravity is in question as not only what lies ahead, above or as science but rather the unseen future it measures. The convergence of what is past while perpetuating ones advancement is a question, the answer is to be determined.
As for technique, the attention given to the coveted "New Imperial" mark making resembles scarification while the canvases are saturated with a vivid street art kulture voice expressed through traditional color theory. This mixed use of technique may argue commonality, yet here it seems to be the link between geography and the ever daunting process of aging. Subjects of time, place, history, lifestyle preferences and an uncertain future are addressed. Quandary or conundrum, what is the possibility of transitioning while in a holding pattern? Gravity and reality remain uncertain here.