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Tomoo Gokita

Honor Fraser

With their watery, atmospheric grounds, china-blue hues, and organic yet somehow robotic forms, Japanese artist Tomoo Gokita’s sixteen new canvases mark a striking shift forward in the artist’s style. Whereas the works in his 2007 show at Honor Fraser retained a distinctive figuration—painted black-and-white bodies lifted from lingerie ads, 1970s yearbooks, and porn magazines, and portraits of Mexican wrestlers and geishas, all of which were partially consumed by anxious, repeating brushstrokes—the artist has now loosened his grip on unequivocal source material, allowing a minimal abstraction to consume entire compositions. Blank Frank (all works 2009), for example, is a simple arrangement of two lightly painted kidney or lung shapes (an umbilical appendage growing from one) hovering over an inverted dark blue mound; floating to the left of these forms, a more geometric series of brushy

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