April 23 – May 21, 2011
Steve Turner contemporary is pleased to present Los Angeles Ikebana. The show features five graphite drawings depicting insects and related organisms found by the artist at various sites in Los Angeles including the George C. Page Park located adjacent to LACMA and across the street from the gallery. The artist will also create an installation that combines the aesthetics of ikebana (Japanese flower-arranging) with concrete, asphalt and native California plants.
Toyofuku’s work explores the varying ways in which Western and Japanese cultures categorize nature and man. His practice generally involves the meticulous research of local flora and fauna and recontextualizing his findings to produce graphite drawings, installation and sculpture.
Born in Los Angeles, Dai Toyofuku earned a BFA from California Institute of the Arts (2000) and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University (2010). This is his first solo exhibition with the gallery.