Sunday, November 29, 2009

Takayuki Kubota, December 12th 2009 at the Laundromat.

Installation View

La Plus Que Lente, from the Literature series.

Journal Series, Installation view.

Histories of Art, Installation View.

Vincent van Gogh, Shoes. 2009, oil on canvas. From the series Histories of Art.

Paul Cezanne, View of the Domaine Saint-Joseph


The Laundromat is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Japanese artist Takayuki Kubota.

Kubota will present two bodies of work at the Laundromat. In one, using tape recordings, the artist creates minimalist-looking objects with contents that exist only in the viewers imagination. In the other, Kubota playfully engages ideas of art history and authorship through paintings of museum labels.

Kubota records sounds on magnetic tape and then mounts the tape horizontally on wood panels. For example, in the Literature series the artist records himself reading aloud from novels such as Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. The viewer is given a hint, but must forge his own connection between what is present visually in the panel and what he imagines its audio contents to be.

In the series Histories of Art Kubota makes paintings of exhibition labels for famous paintings. These are the same size as the original works they describe. The use of oil on canvas, as well as selecting paintings from famous museums such as MoMA or the Met plays with issues of art historical authority.

Takayuki Kubota was born in 1985 in Kobe, Japan and currently lives and works in Tokyo. His interest in art began in early childhood. He received a BA in Art and Asian Studies from Temple University, Japan Campus in 2008. His 2006 exhibition at Gallery Q in Tokyo, Noisy Surface, was reviewed by FlashArt magazine in January 2007.

Takayuki Kubota
December 12, 2009
By appointment from 12PM.
Reception 6 - 9PM

Laundromat Gallery
238 Melrose Street
4th Floor
Brooklyn NY 11206

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Joe Protheroe and Maiko susu Shioda, November 7th and 8th at the Laundromat

Joe Protheroe, Untitled, 2009. Gesso on panel.

Installation view

maiko susu shioda, Hair, 2009. Cloth, tea, thread and ink.


Joe Protheroe, Untitled, 2009. Ink on paper.

Installation view.

Joe Protheroe, Untitled, 2009. Ink on paper.

maiko susu shioda, Untitled (Moth), 2009. Paper, glassine and graphite.

Installation view.

Installation view.

maiko susu shioda, Dream Boxes on Fire, 2009. Clay, watercolor, varnish, glassine and graphite.


Joe Protheroe, Untitled, 2009. Gesso on panel.


maiko susu shioda, Untitled, 2009. Graphite on paper with cloth and thread.



maiko susu shioda, Four Coco (Soft House), 2009. Cloth, tea, thread, synthetic pearl.

Joe Protheroe
Maiko susu Shioda

Two days only:
Reception Saturday, November 7th 6-10pm
Open Sunday November 8th 12-7pm

The Laundromat is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Maiko susu Shioda and Joe Protheroe. Both artists are concerned with an interplay between dream worlds and reality.

In assemblages, drawings, and sculpture Shioda employs imagery from observation, imagination, and dreams. Animal imagery is a recurring theme in Shioda’s work, with each animal symbolizing different emotions or ideas. She makes her work from paper, graphite, charcoal, tea, thread, and hair in a limited palette of white, ivory, cream, gray, and black. The work is both ephemeral and vital, emerging from a rich inner world.

Shioda was born in Kyoto, Japan, and lives and works now in Saitama and Tokyo. From early childhood she has felt a strong connection with animals. She studied art at Temple University Japan, an American school where she found that expressing herself in English as a second language became an important part of her artistic identity.

Joe Protheroe makes large paintings of his studio at night using black paint on a white ground. He starts his paintings by observing innocuous studio objects, such as boards or mirrors, but soon they take on lives of their own. Windows and drawings in the studio become portals into other realities. Surreal mountainous landscapes are visible through the windows. The paint becomes a living force in his work, sometimes depicting inanimate objects and sometimes oozing through the painting’s space as shadows or mysterious puddles.

Protheroe is a Brooklyn-based artist. He grew up in Columbus Ohio, where he graduated from Ohio State University. He went on to receive an MFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art in 2006.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ianthe Jackson, If the Walls Could Talk, Saturday October 24th, 2009

If the Walls Could Talk features a model rendered from memory of the neighborhood where Jackson grew up in Buffalo, New York. The installation combines sculpture and drawing to model the houses, lawns, streets and inhabitants of Jackson’s childhood home. As well as rebuilding the neighborhood in miniature, Jackson recounts stories of some of her neighbors in a series of animated vignettes.

In addition, Jackson will exhibit floor maps of each of the approximately 20 residences she has occupied during her life. Each map details the floor plan, furniture, and personal objects of her former residences. The exhibition chronicles her life’s events through recollections of the spaces she has called home.

One night only. Saturday October 24th, 2009. Reception 6-10PM.

Also featuring a painting by Riccardi Jules.

If the Walls Could Talk is presented in conjunction with other neighborhood galleries as part of This Beat is Sick, a night celebrating the thriving Bushwick art scene with galleries remaining open late:

The Laundromat
238 Melrose St.
Fourth Floor
Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Liz Atzberger and Takashi Matsumoto, September 19th, 2009 at the Laundromat

Installation View

Takashi Matsumoto Untitled, 2009

Liz Atzberger Untitled, 2009

Installation view

Takashi Matsumoto Untitled, 2009

Liz Atzberger Ten Eyck, 2009

Liz Atzberger Untitled, 2008

Installation view

Liz Atzberger Gyre, 2009

Liz Atzberger Teem, 2008

Installation view

Takashi Matsumoto, installation view

Takashi Matsumoto Untitled, 2009

Takashi Matsumoto Untitled, 2009

Liz Atzberger After Math, 2009

-Liz Atzberger

For Immediate Release:

The Laundromat gallery would like to announce an upcoming exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Liz Atzberger and photographs by Takashi Matsumoto in a one- day exhibition on Saturday September 19th, 2009. Both artists take natural phenomena, pattern, and repetition as starting point in their work.

Takashi Matsumoto’s black and white photographs deconstruct, splice and reconfigure pictures of objects and textures in nature, such as clouds, soil, or tree branches. The results are kaleidoscopic patterns of organic imagery that reference geometric abstraction.

Matsumoto lives and works in Tokyo, Japan, where his work was recently featured in a solo exhibition at SPICA Art. This is his first exhibition in the United States.

Inspired by natural phenomena such as electromagnetism and emergent growth patterns, Liz Atzberger creates sculptures and paintings in which simple processes repeat or are built up in layers that evolve into complex patterns. The resulting pieces are unruly, brightly colored plastic landscapes. Employing dyed plastic, zip ties, rubber bands, and spandex, the work borders on seductive and slick, yet it is more gaudy and gloppy than fashionable.

Her paintings, drawings and mixed media works have been exhibited in venues across the United States and abroad. She is currently an Instructor of Foundations in the Department of Art and Art History at Florida Atlantic University and splits her time between Florida and New York.

Liz Atzberger
Takashi Matsumoto
Saturday September 19th, 2009
By appointment from 10AM
Reception 6 - 9PM
238 Melrose St. 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Laundromat photography by Amy Lincoln