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Fine Art

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The Canyon of Earthly Delights

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LAyered

One Hundred Views of Japan

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Annapurna Pictures Installation

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In late 2015, I was hired by Annapurna Pictures to create an installation composed of 72 custom-made glass panes for their office in West Hollywood.

 

Each pane has 6 celluloid film strips bonded to it with epoxy resin. The sequential frames highlight moments within scenes from all the films Annapurna has produced to date, including American Hustle, Foxcatcher, Zero Dark Thirty, and Her.

 

I'm very grateful for my dear friend Andrew Sachs' professional expertise, as he shot this remarkable series.

Past Work

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Tōshee

Toshihiro Katayama

My mixed media work features carving and layering techniques inspired by traditional Japanese woodblock printing, sumi-e, cel animation and the constantly evolving art of the North American streetscape.

 

My approach to making art is directly informed by my experience as a design student at Harvard. I learned using traditional paste-up techniques that made extensive use of paper, adhesive, ink, paint, film, cutting and measuring instruments, photo manipulations and Letraset transfers. To those techniques, I’ve added my proficiency in digital design software.

 

When composing my pieces, I try to find harmonies that resonate from the interplay of figurative elements, simple geometries and seemingly chaotic drips and splashes.

 

I’ve long been fascinated by maps, topographical representations and diagrams representing what lies under the surface of the earth. I’m particularly interested in exploring the topography that arises from layering strata of collage elements. The resulting surfaces are further transformed by the application of resin. The resin allows the viewer to visually excavate the piece by engaging it up close, revealing the sedimentation made up of pigments and solids.

I was once on track for a career in architecture. As an undergraduate at Harvard, Professor Toshihiro Katayama was instrumental in shaping my understanding of form, color and composition. He was my professor. He was also my friend. As his Teaching Fellow, I helped him teach graphic design courses to Harvard Summer School students.

 

Over the years, I lost touch with Toshi. I moved to Los Angeles, explored several creative career paths and was almost felled by addiction. I struggled to reintegrate my broken psyche. An experienced professional writer, I was nonetheless unable or unwilling to work out my feelings by jotting them down. I fell back on my old love of visual interpretation and expression. It was so fundamentally accessible that it provided the perfect conduit back to myself. It helped me to rediscover a sense of purpose.

 

As I was preparing to reach out to Toshi, I learned that he had passed a few months prior. I was very sad to realize that I wouldn’t get to thank him for instilling in me what had turned out to be a life-saving appreciation for visual communication. When I most needed it, his teachings provided a beacon through a long, dark night. In his honor, I decided to show under the name Toshee. It’s my way of continuing a conversation with my teacher and friend.

EXPERENCE

 

• 2016 | Religion of Sports, Dirty Robber/Audience Network | Los Angeles, CA | Story Producer

• 2014 - Current | Gerolmo Films | Los Angeles, CA | Script Consultant

• 2013 - Current | Toshee | Los Angeles, CA | Owner

• 2008 - 2011 | Napster, Inc. | Los Angeles, CA | Music Programming Metrics Manager

• 2007 - 2006 | Napster, Inc. | Los Angeles, CA | Music Programmer/Editor

• 2006 - 2007 | Napster, Inc. | Los Angeles, CA | Senior Moderator, Narchive Project

• 2005 - 2006 | Apple, Inc. | Los Angeles, CA | Mac Specialist

• 2003 - 2004 | A Minute with Stan Hooper, Paramount/FOX | Los Angeles, CA | Staff Writer

EDUCATION

 

• 1993 - 1997 | Harvard University | Cambridge, MA | B.A. Visual and Enviromental Studies with honors in field

UPCOMING SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020

100 More Views of Japan, Keystone Art Space | Los Angeles, CA | Mar

UPCOMING GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

Remix, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Aug

 

PAST SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

LAyered, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Sep

2016

One Hundred Views of Japan, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Mar

2015

The Work of Tōshee, IntuArch | Los Angeles, CA | Jan

 

PAST GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2019

Along the River's Edge, Thousand Islands Arts Center | Clayton, NY | Jun

Spring Open Studios, Keystone Art Space | Los Angeles, CA | Apr

When the Rain Comes, Artplex Galley | Los Angeles, CA | Mar

2018

Layered Boldness, Artplex Galley | Los Angeles, CA | Dec

Wish List 5.5, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Dec

Wish List 5, Gabba Gallery  | Los Angeles, CA | Nov

Fall Open Studios, Keystone Art Space | Los Angeles, CA | Nov

Spring Open Studios, Keystone Art Space | Los Angeles, CA | Jun

Disparate Sources, Keystone Art Space | Los Angeles, CA | Apr

Art Grind, Mar Vista Artwalk | Mar Vista, CA | Apr

2017

Wish List 5.5, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Dec

Wish List 5, Gabba Gallery  | Los Angeles, CA | Nov

Fall Open Studios, Keystone Art Space | Los Angeles, CA | Oct

In the Now, Cannibal Flower/The Whole 9 | Culver City, CA | Jul

Spring Open Studios, Keystone Art Space | Los Angeles, CA | May

It Was All a Dream, Cannibal Flower/C.A.V.E. Gallery | Venice, CA | Feb

OneArt: Artists for a Cure, Arena 1 Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Feb

2016

Wish List 4.5, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Dec

Vanity Pop, Launch! Gallery | Culver City, CA | Nov

Wish List 4, Gabba Gallery  | Los Angeles, CA | Nov

Fall Open Studios, Keystone Art Space | Los Angeles, CA | Sep

Cratedigger, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Aug

Opening Group Show, Keystone Art Space | Los Angeles, CA | Jun

Points of Departure/New Humanists, Departures Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | May

Cannibal Flower 15th Anniversary, The Art Church | Los Angeles, CA | Jan

Featured Artists from L.A., Struck Contemporary | Toronto, Canada | Jan

2015

Wish List 3.5, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Dec

Wish List 3.0, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Nov

Connecting the Pieces, Exchange Room Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Oct

Wood Metal Screw 2, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Aug

Art Life, Gibson Pop Up Gallery | Santa Monica, CA | Jul

Vanity Pop, Spitz Little Tokyo | Los Angeles, CA | Jul

Cannibal Flower, The Garage LA | Los Angeles, CA | Jun

Zodiac, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | May

Prime Cuts, Roam Creative | Topanga, CA | Apr

What We Do Is Secret, Stone Malone Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Apr

The Telephone Game, Prohibition Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Apr

New Blood, Stone Malone Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Mar

Kool Layed, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Jan

2014

Wish List 2.5, The Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Dec

Wish List 2, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Nov

Urban Playground, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Aug

Face It, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Mar

Juried Exhibition Show, Art Center Wynwood | Miami, FL | Feb

2013

Wish List 1.5, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Dec

Artists in Rebellion, Art Center Wynwood | Miami, FL | Dec

Wish List, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Dec

Wood, Metal, Screw, Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA | Aug

PUBLICATIONS

 

"Meet Tōshee," Voyage LA Magazine, Augist 14, 2018

http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-toshee-lincoln-heights/

“Issue Three: The In-Between,” Full Blede, October 27, 2017

Staff, "Layers Upon Layers: Four Solo Shows at The Gabba Gallery," Diversions LA, March 19, 2016.

http://diversionsla.com/layers-upon-layers-four-solo-shows-at-the-gabba-gallery/

Nilina Mason-Campbell, "Off the Charts and Onto the Wall: The Gabba Gallery does the Zodiac," Perrier Blog, May 6, 2015. http://perrier.tumblr.com/post/118314698614/off-the-charts-and-onto-the-wall-the-gabba

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

• WGAw

• ASCAP

 

 

AWARDS & HONORS

• Fox Diversity Writers Initiative | 2003

• Warner Bros Tv Comedy Writers' Workshop | 2002

 

Geisha and Danna

20 x 20 x 2.5 in Private collection Acrylic, ink, cotton rag mat, newspaper, resin on wood panel