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Takashi Horisaki and Klea McKenna

Regina Rex
1717 Troutman, #329 (between Cypress and Seneca), 646-467-2232
November 20 - December 19, 2010
Reception: Saturday, November 20, 7 - 10 PM
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Regina Rex is pleased to present a two-person exhibition of work by Takashi Horisaki and Klea McKenna, opening on Saturday November 20th

Takashi Horisaki and Klea Mckenna explore the materiality of surface as a place where the imprint of visual and sociopolitical histories reside, employing distinctive approaches to non-mimetic representation of landscape and location. For the sculpture Social Dress Buffalo, Horisaki worked with communities surrounding abandoned neighborhoods in Buffalo, NY to create latex skins cast from details of vacant houses. These multi-colored fragments form the surface of a large dome, which serves as a monument to the history and depopulation of this part of the city recorded by its remaining residents, while also acknowledging modern architecture’s many experiments with sustainable housing.

In Paper Airplanes, Mckenna individually exposed 40 folded paper airplanes made from photo-sensitive paper, each to a full day’s light at a WWII anti-aircraft lookout post in Northern California. Another series of Mckenna’s photographs originates from the discovery of a photo album amidst the charred remains of a house in rural Vermont. The resulting abstract compositions are replete with color and pattern, conveying the cycles of natural phenomena such as shifting light, harsh weather and fires that the sites and the photographs have endured. Stratifying an index of memory and duration, both artists trace the environs of the psycho-spatial through delicate interrogations of architecture and photography.
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