In The Box: Kota Ezawa
October 15, 2015 — April 10, 2016
The work of San Francisco-based artist Kota Ezawa involves transforming familiar images into works of symbolic form.
His reduction of color and flattening of depth distills the imagery into something both more simple and more profound.
An artist who first gained notice with his treatment of O.J. Simpson trial, he now works in digital animation, slide projections, paper cutouts, collage, lightboxes and even watercolors.
His exhibition here in The Box includes a video mashup of the Beatles and the punk band Dead Kennedys and a lightbox reinterpretation of one of the most famous pictures in human history. Also on view is a work called City of Nature, where he applies his signature visual style to scenes from famous films and weaves them into a four-minute digital animation where nature moves from the backdrop to the subject.
Kota Ezawa’s installation was on view from Oct. 15, 2015, to April 10, 2016.