Thornton Dial, a Southern Vernacular artist from Alabama, used sculpture, relief painting and drawing to explore issues such as politics, the economy, women and natural disasters. His work has been exhibited widely across the USA.In 2014, the Metropolitan Museum of Art purchased 10 of the artist’s works. In 2015 the Hughes Gallery held His Southern Stories, Dial’s first exhibition in Australia. Since his death in 2016 Metropolitan Museum of Art has held a large survey exhibition that was widely praised in reviews.
Roger Brown (1941–1997) was an American artist and painter from Chicago who was a member of notorious artist group Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists.
“My immediate surroundings, my immediate experience is always what’s gone into my paintings from all the way back. Whether it was the paintings that dealt with the city or being out here in the dunes. These paintings are dealing with both memory and experience.” ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART INTERVIEW, 1983
Works by Lee Godie will be exhibited in Kunstverein’s inaugural exhibition, Outside America, as well as a subsequent solo exhibition in 2019.
Lee Godie began attracting attention in 1968, when she appeared on the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago. Homeless at the time, Godie began selling her works (self-described French Impressionist paintings) to passersby and Gallery visitors. Her works managed to capture something quintessential about Chicago and Godie quickly rose to fame in the Chicago art world. She passed away in 1994, leaving behind a large oeuvre that during her lifetime had cemented her into a Chicago icon.
Momoka Imura is one of the younger artists at Atelier Yamanami, though her work is beginning to garner international attention. Her practice consists of a layering process, whereby Imura sews buttons onto cloth that is then bunched up and covered with another button-covered cloth until the object gains a certain weight and shape.
When she came to Atelier Yamanami, Kazumi Kamae started out working with fabric, though in 2003 she transitioned to sculpting with clay. Her unique practice focuses on only one subject, the man she loves and obsessively depicts, Mr. Masato. Kamae begins by fashioning a solid foundation. She then rolls tiny rice-sized pieces of clay in her hands and covers the surface of the sculptures. Kamae is mute, so these intricate works become her main form of communicating her love to Masato.
Yumiko Kawai begins with a piece of cloth. She carefully embroiders circle after circle as the colourful fabric tightens and raises into a topographical landscape of hills and valleys.
Keigo Kimura has been drawing trains since he was seven years old. Although he no longer pastes together bits of paper to fit all the carriages, Kimura still stretches his trains over long pieces of shoji paper.
The English-language newspaper transcriptions of Yukio Miyashita seem at once like condensed images of modern society and abstract picture planes. The words mean nothing to Miyashita, as he carefully copies the foreign symbols in a non-stop flowing stream of consciousness. It can take him weeks to complete a work.
Born near Montgomery, Alabama between 1918 and 1920, Mose Tolliver’s legs were crushed by a load of marble at his cleaning job in a furniture factory. This ultimately started his career as an artist as Tolliver turned to art to combat boredom, pain, and long hours of idle time.
“I love to paint. I paint what I feel like painting–what is in my head.'“
Hideaki Yoshikawa is an artist with down syndrome, whose clay sculptures depict thousands of miniscule faces that seem like a sea of dots before closer inspection. Yoshikawa, his own face millimetres from his sculpture, chants his mantra, ‘eye, eye, nose, mouth’, as he gently pushes divots into the shaped clay with a toothpick.