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The Gallery of Centripetal Art
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Works of centripetal art are available for viewing and purchase at the GALLERY OF CENTRIPETAL ART. The Gallery has two showrooms: one in Malibu, and one in Westlake (California). Viewings are by appointment only. To make an appointment, please send an email to Rafael Chodos.
 
Lift the Curtain (2012)
The eight earlier works in the same series
All of these images straddle the boundary between the inorganic and the organic, between mechanical and gestural, between desperation and transcendence. They are each seven feet high by 3.5 feet wide - except for the 8th one, which is a 2-panel work, 7 feet square. Junko completed these eight works between May and October of 2012. The techniques she employed to create them are highly unusual and are described on the first page of the booklet.


PDF booklet - low-resolution images
 
Lift the Curtain, No. 9
"Behind the curtain... Embryos of the new world."

Collage of computer prints on mylar
84" x 42"
Junko Chodos, November, 2013
 
 
 
COMMUNICATING WITH NATURE
From FATHOM (2006)
These mylar panels are all ten feet high and 3.5 feet wide - enormous! and they give off powerful vibrations, amplified by the dancers' movements. The opening of FATHOM ran for seven nights in May of 2006, at the North Park Theater in San Diego. MalashockDance was the producer, and the music was composed by Ariel Blumenthal. The lighting was done by Jen Setlow, and it took full advantage of the semi-transparent quality of the mylars.
 
 
Altarpiece after Giotto (1988)
Mixed-media collage on paper, 12" x 15"
Tiny pieces of magazine prints, cut so tiny they had to be picked up with tweezers, layered onto the work - like impasto! Some of the images are still recognizable, some are not -- on purpose. This early work is an example of Junko's very special kind of collage. See more in the eBOOK.
 
 
Concerning Art and Religion, No. 9 (2004)
Who will shatter the illusions?
Full subtitle: "Who will shatter the illusions? the prophet? the artist?" One of the centripetal artist's most important contributions is to shatter illusions and make us confront what we are afraid to see. In this way, the centripetal artist is like the prophets of the Old Testament: a constructive outsider. Three mylars, each 84" tall and 42" wide; acrylic and collage of computer prints.
 
Individuation Journal, No. 1 (1995)
Acrylic and photo collage on mylar
80" x 42"

Text - partially obscured, from Erich Fromm
 
Individuation Journal, No. 8 (1995)
Acrylic and photo collage on mylar
86" x 42"

Text from Erich Fromm
 
 
Requiem for an Executed Bird
No. 44 (1991)
Mixed media on paper 40" x 32" (101.6 x 81.3 cm.)

This work was created close to the end of the series of forty-five works that poured out of Junko inside the space of just six weeks. The series begins with images of a slaughtered bird, splattered with blood. Gradually, as the series unfolds, a circle appears and the bird is transformed into a spirit colored in gold. It appears to be flying in circles of air: the bird is now redeemed and released from its own suffering.

But to appreciate the redemption of the bird we must never forget the suffering from which the story begins. This work, No. 43, shows remnants, reminders of the earlier images: spots of red blood still appear, along with the golden circle.
 
 
Root Series No. 16, Mandala
(1979) Collage on paper, 20"x16"


This work is an example of the new kind of collage Junko invented in the 1970s. The work is made of thousands of pieces , cut from magazines into tiny pieces and picked up with tweezers and layered onto the work - which is about 1/2 inch thick. The pieces are used mainly for their color and texture -- their "valeur"; but every once in a while Junko invites the viewer to look closely at the tiny images.

See a detail from this work below.
 
Detail from Mandala
 
 
Mass Killing, No. 2 (2009)
Where is my boy? I can't find my boy
Ccharcoal and acrylic on mylar. 84" high x 42" wide.

The second work in Junko's series exploring man's inhumanity to man, and striving towards some form of transcendence. You can see the first work on the website of the Foundation for Centripetal Art, Here
 
                     
 
 
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