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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Watching Paul Komada Make Mysteries, Or, What Are You Looking At?

Posted by on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

PAUL KOMADA Here he’s using a laptop, a green screen, Instagram, and paint.
  • PAUL KOMADA Here he’s using a laptop, a green screen, Instagram, and paint.

When Paul Komada returned to the city where he was born, Seattle, from the city where he was raised, Yokohama, Japan, he entered the eighth grade as an ESL student. He heard plenty, but only partly knew what he was hearing. As a result, "Anything abstract is my tendency," he explained to me. In a letter to a young artist seeking advice, the abstract painter Thomas Nozkowski wrote in 2006, "Recognition, when it comes, sometimes can seem like a misunderstanding." Abstraction is the acceptance of misunderstanding; it's when, only partly knowing what you're looking at, you keep looking, searching. A friend of mine had a six-foot-wide abstract painting on the wall above her dinner table for 20 years without realizing it was a huge nude. Art's right in front of you. Or is it?

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