Two colorful, kaleidoscopic artists brought together in ongoing displays at Huron Village’s Mobilia Gallery come together in person Saturday for a reception – both meticulous in wildly different crafts and both begging the question: “How did you do that?”
Mariko Kusumoto, in her third exhibition at the gallery, specializes in translucent textile jewelry and wall pieces made of heat-treated polyester, turning the material into wondrous miniatures of teddy bears, rubber ducks and toy cars as well as anemone bouquets that are as mysterious as the other pieces are whimsical.
“A playful, happy atmosphere pervades my work,” said Kusumoto, whose “Metal Box Sculptures” was named one of the 10 best exhibitions by The Boston Globe – in 2007, when soft was still the next world to conquer. “I hope the viewer experiences discovery, surprise, and wonder through my work.”
David Flicker Brown works in manipulated digital photographs, creating dizzying tableaus that range from rigidly geometric, such as his “London Eye” pieces of a tourists in a bubble high across the city, to the fantastical landscapes of his “World Series,” which redesigns Fenway Park into a place where M.C. Escher might feel comfortable kicking back for a game. (Brown is a product of Greater Boston, with degrees from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.)
Each image is made up of from 25 to 30 single photographs, Brown said, focusing on “every element of the landscape from the ground beneath my feet to the atmosphere overhead.”
“This is an attempt to compile a sense of total acknowledgement of the small and large, natural and manufactured forms around me and amalgamate them into a singular harmonic form that can be considered all at once,” he said.
The artists are on hand from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Mobilia Gallery, 358 Huron Ave., Huron Village.