Christina McPhee | Toshiaki Noda
Exhibition Dates: through March 13, 2021
Christina McPhee’s epic new series of abstract paintings reflect the turbulent times they were produced within. Pigment pops and ecologies emerge from shattered and fragmented forms, oscillating between clustering nests and murmurations, a call and response between man and nature, fight or flight. McPhee’s urgent paintings insist we have reached a tipping point, a cascading violent crescendo. Each painting vibrates and resonates, containing a choreographed cacophony, punctured by cusps and hollows that pause and hold the breath, pockets of hope, of redress, yielding new ways of being.
Christina McPhee received her MFA from Boston University where she studied with Philip Guston, and her BFA in painting from Kansas City Art Institute. Solo museum exhibitions include the American University Museum, Washington, D.C., and Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden. Upcoming shows in 2021 include Otherwise/Revival at the contemporary art center Bridge Projects, Los Angeles. She was a 2012 recipient of the MAP Fund for Carbon Song Cycle with Pamela Z. Museum collections include the Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum-Rhizome Artbase, International Center for Photography, New York; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; and Thresholds New Media Collection, Scotland. She lives and works in central coast California.
Toshiaki Noda was born in Arita, Saga Prefecture, Japan, a region noted for its remarkable porcelain ceramics dating back to the 1600s. His parents are ceramic dealers in this treasured craft, where Toshiaki lived in an incomparable aesthetic culture influencing his studio practice today. He studied printmaking at California State University, Long Beach where he received a BFA in 2008. His printmaking education combined with his aesthetic and technical training in Japan lends a unique vision to his ceramic practice.
Unlike the smooth, consistent surface of the treasured Imari wares, Toshiaki uses the plasticity of clay to push boundaries of form, and the alchemy of glaze to explore texture. Noda discards traditions, instead expresses temporal degradation, a throwaway culture through tears, cracks, crust – a sculptural manifestation of waste. With spontaneity and curiosity as his guide, his sculptural planes contort with tension.
In 2017 Toshiaki Noda was selected from 2,744 applicants for The New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship in Sculpture. Noda lives and works in New York, where he was employed as a studio assistant for Jeff Koons for several years. Recent exhibitions include Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo as well as exhibitions in Milan and New York.