Modernist Folksong, 2017
Color aquatint on Somerset textured White Paper, Edition of 30
29″ x 28″, Framed
Courtesy of the artist and Paulson Fontaine Press
Framing Courtesy of Barbara Anderson Gallery and Framing
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Kota Ezawa’s work references images from popular culture, cinema, television, and art history. Working in a variety of media, Ezawa distills iconic images to their most essential form using flat, simple, and colorful shapes. The simplicity of Ezawa’s imagery amplifies its impact and communicates the symbolic power these images have on the collective psyche. In Modernist Folksong he brings together a reference to the famous modernist series, Homage to the Square by Josef Alberts and a photograph of the iconic folk artist Joni Mitchell.
Ezawa’s work will be included in the upcoming 2019 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Modernist Folksong is in the collection of the Achenbach Foundation, a Fine Art Museum of San Francisco.