On Location with Louise Paramor and Masato Takasaka opens 31st Jan 2018
True Estate



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On Location with Louise Paramor and Masato Takasaka

This exhibition “On Location with Louise Paramor and Masato Takasaka” in the context of true-estate.gallery questions how we construct location, how we come to know it and the ways we incorporate it into our own identities and stories of our lives. In film making being “on location” means a film set outside of the enclosed studio environment. But in the artifice of film the “location” is still a facsimile resembling or representing a version of a fictitious or real place. Being on location for other disciplines is doing fieldwork and primarily about observation, being there, in person seeing it for yourself, witnessing.

Both Paramor and Takasaka have in their own characteristic ways accumulated a lexicon of objects and images they have re-quoted and reworked throughout the their practices. Paramor translates a selection of small plastic sculptures onto flat glossy paper in the Boomtown series, juxtaposing them against a backdrop of a singular building, suggesting a much larger scale and context. Takasaka uses re-quoting as a raw material in his installation based presentations. For True Estate the artists works cast light on aspirations and realities of private and public space in our cities and the complexity of our occupancy and experiences.

Paramors enamel painted cut paper collages bring an exacting and glossy street appeal to the gallery space with a balcony, views and public sculpture to the #real-estatey #closetogalleriesandcoffeeshops #developmentalism #artist-lifestyle interests of the True Estate Gallery. Titled Boomtown each collage in this full series of eight (three shown here) have a distinctive colour palette evoking a weathered mood and unique lighting of each scene, the works are then numbered suggesting variations or preferences on a lifestyle menu. Boomtown advances the notion of place markers, distinctive landmarks and design style as recognizable anchors that express identity of place; of neighbourhoods and cities that in turn become a part of our own personal identities and where collective memory congregates. While Paramor’s dwellings and places feel extraordinary, but it’s still like when you’re walking your dog or commuting to work, and imagining what it must be like to inhabit the spaces experienced by those other bodies that live behind the passing windows and doors, fences and balconies. Boomtown comments on the idealised and aspirational representations of lifestyle in our property obsessed times of growth growth growth.

In the work and practice of Masato Takasaka we visit the rumpus room, the working and games space, the studio, the computer desktop screen. Takasaka creates a knot of repeated circuits and questioned understandings using the objects, correspondence, texts and furnishings from his studio. The artist metaphorically and physically reassembles the information as a 3D schema mapping artists relationships and telling stories of connection around interests and space. For this exhibition Takasaka is literally bringing the packed and unpacked, manufactured and hand made of his studio in its entirety as the work of art into the gallery space. It’s certainly meta and born of necessity since receiving an eviction notice after decades of occupancy Takasaka along with his fellow studio artists are on the move.

true-estate.gallery Jan 31st - Feb 25th 2018
louise paramor, boomtown, true-estate, collage, modernism, monumentalism
Louise Paramor, Boomtown #1 (176 x 106cm), Boomtown #2 (172 x 101cm) and Boomtown #5 (177 x 108 cm) (all 2016)
louise paramor, boomtown, true-estate, collage, modernism, monumentalism
Louise Paramor, Boomtown #1 (176 x 106cm), Boomtown #2 (172 x 101cm) and Boomtown #5 (177 x 108 cm) (all 2016)
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Masato Takasaka 2017
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Masato Takasaka 2017
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Masato Takasaka 2017
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Masato Takasaka 2017



Louise Paramor is represented by Karen Woodbury Gallery Melbourne
Masato Takasaka website click here