Made in L.A. 2016: Kenzi Shiokava


Kenzi Shiokava’s work of the past 50 years has revolved around two very different sculptural forms, wood carving and assemblage. His elegantly carved totems and his staged groupings of plastic figurines offer a stark contrast in materials and methods. While wood carving is as old as the human species itself, assemblage is a form squarely rooted in the history of the 20th century. Together, each tradition bookends an art historical narrative, whose opposing poles are the sacred and the profane.

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