Devon Tsuno: Watershed

Occidental College’s Weingart Gallery
February 5 to March 8, 2014
Curated by Aandrea Stang

Eagle Rock, CA – January 15, 2014/ - Occidental College is pleased to present Devon Tsuno: Watershed, an exhibition of new work by emerging artist Devon Tsuno. Tsuno is a Los Angeles native who uses elements of the city’s urbanscape to create signature iconography. The exhibition will be on view from February 5 through March 8, 2014 in the College’s Weingart Gallery.

As an exhibition, Watershed examines Tsuno’s deep relationship with regional waterways, especially the San Gabriel and Los Angeles Rivers and their tributaries. Through his research and experiences, the artist, a lifelong local fishing enthusiast, developed an interest in the non-native plant life that has grown up in the waterways and has become part of the ecosystem. Tsuno photographs the various watershed elements. He distills the images to form his highly layered system and creates paintings and prints that depict his perception Los Angeles.

A series of paintings, prints and unique artist books will be included in the exhibition. The paintings are created from a rich mix of media including acrylic and aerosol paints and handmade papers sourced from The Netherlands, India and Japan. Tsuno’s most recent experimentations have resulted in a series of prints created with a Risograph, a 1980s-era printing system using technology similar to fax machines and designed for high-volume photocopying and printing. Additionally, for the exhibition Tsuno has created a series of artist’s books in collaboration with Occidental’s Book Arts classes using both risograph and letterpress techniques. The book project will evolve over the span of the exhibition.

Devon Tsuno: Watershed is the first exhibition presented by OxyArts, Occidental College’s recently launched arts initiative. The exhibition will be on view from February 5 through March 8, 2014 from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, with a public opening reception on Wednesday, February 5 from 5pm to 8pm. The Weingart Gallery is located on the Occidental College Campus at 1200 Campus Road in Eagle Rock.