Oct 26th 2012

JJ Miyaoka-Pakola: Momentary Volume

@ Lloyd Dobler Gallery

1545 W. Division Second Floor, Chicago, IL 60642

Opening Friday, October 26th, from 6PM - 10PM

On view through Wednesday, December 31st

Lloyd Dobler Gallery is pleased to announce Momentary Volume, the gallery’s first solo show with Brooklyn-based painter, JJ Miyaoka-Pakola. The opening reception will be held on Friday, October 26th from 6-10pm and is open to the public and continues through Saturday, December 8th. This new body of paintings are designed to be viewed in groups that create a cadence of visual information that explore the transient separation between objecthood and empty-space.

By playing with scale, pattern, color, text, and implied point of view, each painting examines a different facet or contemplation of impermanence. Although there is repetition of forms (decaying trees, empty caverns, fragmented patterns), the rhythm is anything but constant and the paintings are optically disparate. The gap between paintings is an active space of correspondence to leap back/forth/in/out of the surfaces, and investigate the layers of information.

Shifting color, frenetic patterns, and cryptic texts function to both accentuate and confuse space. Barriers no longer isolate what is contained from what is resisted, and the intervals of objecthood and empty space are condensed and experienced simultaneously. Volume is at once an impassable obstacle, a one-way corridor, constant, and momentary.

JJ Miyaoka-Pakola received his M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and his B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. His work has been exhibited nationally at Roger Brown Study Collection, Chicago Ill., Side Car Gallery, Hammond Ind., Jay Jay Gallery, Sacramento, Calif., and the de Young Museum, San Francisco, Calif. He received a fellowship to be an artist in residence at the Montana Artist Refuge in 2011. In 1998, he was awarded a Cultural Activities Visa for Japan to act and participate as an artistic representative, and organized a studio space for foreign and Japanese artists to create work, discuss ideas, and compare practices. Miyaoka-Pakola currently lives and works in New York City. Vist his website for more information.

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