Taoka’s paintings are grounded in ideas of the known and the unknown. Using geometry as a point of departure, he disfigures these universal principles to analyze how information can convey multiple and/or opposing meanings. Through this process he highlights how one’s own conclusions to deem something as real or fake, true or false, are formed through our own relative experience of the world and the information we are fed. Ultimately the judgements that are drawn, however true they may be, are linked to processes of forging a fixed identity. By blurring the edges surrounding matter-of-fact subjects, Taoka works to abstract these notions of truth and authenticity.
Loring Taoka (b. 1986) is an artist living and working in Fayetteville, Arkansas whose work utilizes a variety of approaches and techniques to explore notions of vagueness and authenticity. He acquired a BA from the University of Toledo and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Texas in 2011. His work has been featured in numerous venues across the country including Western Exhibitions (Chicago), CES Gallery (Los Angeles), Brooklyn Metal Works (NY), and has been published in New American Paintings. Taoka has been represented by Galleri Urbane since 2015 and I’m Going Hunting is his third solo exhibition with the gallery.