"Begin Transmission" is a two-person exhibition at Be Electric Studio featuring individual and collaborative artworks from Tim Okamura and Chris Marshall that investigates the power and importance of visual, linguistic, and spiritual communication between male and female assertions; between people of diverse ethnic backgrounds in a time of strife and social injustice; between tangibly physical and ethereal entities, and, of course, between the artists themselves.

 

Begin Transmission is a two-person exhibition at Be Electric Studio featuring individual and collaborative artworks from Tim Okamura and Chris Marshall that investigates the power and importance of visual, linguistic, and spiritual communication between male and female assertions; between people of diverse ethnic backgrounds in a time of strife and social injustice; between tangibly physical and ethereal entities, and, of course, between the artists themselves.

 

Begin Transmission is the conceptual basis from which these two artists have begun their synergistic endeavors. Although working in different media as well as contrasting approaches that embrace both representational and symbolic content, a common ground has been discovered in the process – each piece a call and answer of sorts – and a conversation between sculpture and painting has arisen. The looming, distorted, sculptural forms which will be on view are the work of Brooklyn-based artist Chris Marshall. Utilizing a wide range of media, including found objects both man-made and from nature, his work wrestles with the themes of masculinity and domestic normalcy, with a historical undercurrent both personal and societal. Marshall’s sculptural work is contrasted with the paintings of Tim Okamura, whose realist, portrait-oriented oils are an examination of identity and cultural juxtaposition in the contemporary urban environment.

Each artists’ individual work will occupy opposing space in the gallery, and meet in the center of the venue with site-specific collaborative works by Marshall and Okamura combined. Embodied in these pieces will be an exchange of ideas resulting in a great deal of experimentation, and a creative detour from their usual mode of operation. The collaborative pieces have allowed a reactionary relationship to form between the artists, with the other to inform and expound upon the initial impulse of whoever instigated the work. Though there was a working dialogue between Marshall and Okamura, the approach is similar to the tradition of the ‘Cadavre Exquis’ or ‘exquisite corpse” – pointing towards the complexities and nuances of the communication theme at the core of the exhibition.