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Lori Motokado, Got a Light?

Lori Motokado, Got a Light? (2015), watercolour on paper [Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 27-Jul 18]

Lori Motokado: Natural Obsolescence

Kimoto Gallery
Vancouver BC – Jun 27-Jul 18, 2015

Lori Motokado, Hop On

Lori Motokado, Hop On (2015), watercolour on paper [Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 27-Jul 18]

Lori Motokado, The Writer

Lori Motokado, The Writer (2015), watercolour on paper [Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 27-Jul 18]

A recent spate of movies set in the 1970s reveals a failing common to art directors too young to remember that decade. For example, most kitchens during those years featured toasters and blenders from the 1950s, while most 1970s kitchens on the silver screen contain 1970s appliances. It was only in the 1980s that “planned obsolescence” took root, turning homemakers into consumers who treated appliances like last year’s fashions.

In Natural Obsolescence, oil-painter-turned-watercolourist Lori Motokado focuses on everyday objects that, despite a little rust, a replaced part or an out-of-vogue colour, are perfectly useful, and that carry with them the time when they were produced. That this time was one in which life moved a little slower, in which we gave pause to what we were seeing and feeling, is the point.

In one painting, Motokado gives us a one-speed bicycle leaning against a wooden train station, inviting the viewer to hop on. In another, a black rotary-dial telephone sits on a wooden desk. Beside it, a pen and paper await the inevitable message.

Michael Turner



















Lori Motokado, Leave a Message

Lori Motokado, Leave a Message (2015), watercolour on paper [Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jun 27-Jul 18]


 Fri, Jun 12, 2015