#Art #Opening #LosAngeles – Japan Diaries: Formento & Formento Exhibition Opening This Thursday July 24th @ Fahey/Klein Gallery Los Angeles
July 24, 2014 through August 30, 2014
Reception for the Artists: Thursday, July 24, 7 – 9 p.m.
From the release:
“In the fall of 2013, Formento & Formento embarked on a journey through Japan to create their newest ongoing series, Japan Diaries. The highly staged and melodramatic images are inspired by theater, 1950’s Japanese cinema, the photographs of Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama, Edo woodblock prints, and the erotic imagery of Ero Guro paintings. As outside observers, the Formentos’ stylized images explore the dichotomies that embody modern Japan– blurring the aesthetics between tradition and the ultra modern, fantasy and reality. Their captivating tableaus exude a sense of tension, melancholy, and a quiet unease. Each image from Japan Diaries exists as if it were a still taken from a noir Japanese film, each solitary figure yearning for something unknown.
Under the name Formento & Formento, Richeille Formento styles and art directs the images, while BJ Formento lights and photographs. Together the duo has an innate ability to absorb the spirit of a time and place, creating a vision that references the past but remains truly their own.”