Devon Tsuno: Watershed

Devon Tsuno: Watershed is an exhibition of new work by Devon Tsuno, a Los Angeles native who uses elements of the city’s urbanscape to create signature iconography. The exhibition was on view from February 5 through March 8, 2014 in the College’s Weingart Gallery.

As an exhibition, Watershed examines Tsuno’s deep relationship with regional waterways, especially the San Gabriel and Los Angeles Rivers and their tributaries. Through his research and experiences, the artist, a lifelong local fishing enthusiast, developed an interest in the non-native plant life that has grown up in the waterways and has become part of the ecosystem. Tsuno photographs the various watershed elements.  He distills the images to form his highly layered system and creates paintings and prints that depict his perception Los Angeles.

A series of paintings, prints and unique artist books comprised the exhibition.  The paintings have been created from a rich mix of media including acrylic and aerosol paints and handmade papers sourced from The Netherlands, India and Japan.  Tsuno’s most recent experimentations have resulted in a series of prints created with a Risograph, a 1980s-era printing system using technology similar to fax machines and designed for high-volume photocopying and printing.

Additionally, for the exhibition Tsuno collaborated with Occidental’s Book Arts students to create a series of artist’s books iusing both risograph and letterpress techniques. The book project evolved over the span of the exhibition.

About Devon Tsuno

Los Angeles-native Devon Tsuno currently lives and works in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles and has exhibited internationally in South Korea, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Japan, and New Zealand. Recent solo exhibitions include Azusa Pacific University (Los Angeles), Roppongi 605 (Tokyo), and PØST (Los Angeles). Notable U.S. exhibitions include the Hammer Museum Venice Beach Biennial, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, and Torrance Art Museum. Recent collaborations include projects with Sony and Finishing School. Tsuno was an artist in residence at Chloë Flores FB, and Stichting Kaus Australis in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.