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Ako was 17 and Rob was 19 when they met at CCA(C) in 1996. After a few years of friendship, they confessed their hidden love for one another and they’ve been together ever since. For nearly two decades, Rob and Ako have built their lives around each other and their art. They share friends, family, creative influences, economic conditions and moments of joy and tragedy which shape their individual, but shared experience. Although they have exhibited in numerous group shows together, Deep Fields represents the first time these partner/artists have had their own split show. Rather than attempt to unify the work in terms of theme or concept, Deep Fields offers a cross section of current work from each respective artist, as well as collaborations that will afford an open ended view of the resonant effect of two artists being shaped and shaping each other over time.
Ako Castuera is an artist from Los Angeles, California. With a focus on natural materials including clay, fiber and paper, her sculptural and two dimensional work records encounters and collaborations with the uncontainable forces of nature and imagination. In addition to her practice as an exhibiting artist, Ako is known for her work as a writer and storyboard artist on the television series, 'Adventure Time'.
Rob Sato makes complex, idiosyncratic work that explores diverse themes often related to memory and transformation. He is best known for his unique watercolor paintings and paper sculpture, working in an organic style that is both wildly loose and meticulously detailed. An inventive and category-defying artist, he layers autobiographical, historical, and fantastical narratives together to create thought-provoking works that traverse the realms of absurdity, humor, horror and beauty. Drawn from a lifelong love of literature, history, and pop-culture, the depth of his imagery is rich and meaningful. Currently based in Los Angeles, he is a California-native of Japanese and Dutch descent. His work has been featured in Giant Robot Magazine, Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz, and New American Paintings.