Tomoo Gokita
Funland
11/09/2010 - 23/10/2010

aliceday is pleased to host the exhibition Funland by the Japanese artist Tomoo Gokita. He will present, at the same time, large grey, monochrome canvases in the main space and a large wall of drawings mixing portraits, abstraction and painted sketches in la vitrine - project space. Born in Tokyo in 1969, his work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London and Berlin. Known in Japan for his illustrations published notably in Lingerie Wrestling, 2000, Tomoo Gokita began his career showing his works on paper within the framework of exhibitions or, more frequently, making creative projects for magazines. Becoming a painter little by little, he drew his inspiration from daily life, ordinary objects which he deformed and reinterpreted in mysterious monochromes where a recognizable image is constantly disturbed by organic drawings and which can't help remind us of certain surrealist canvases such as those of Yves Tanguy. The recent works of Gokita mark an evolution in his practice: the background is painted rapidly, scenes are simplified, the abstraction of subjects is pushed further. Like the interruption of juvenile fantasies before they are fully realized, representation is often overshadowed by a bold expressionism which obscures heads and conceals faces.