Exhibition

Strophes on Stripes

7 Sep 2018 – 7 Oct 2018

A.I.R. Gallery

New York
New York, United States

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A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Strophes on Stripes, the first solo exhibition at A.I.R. of paintings by National Artist Mineko Yoshida.

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A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Strophes on Stripes, the first solo exhibition at A.I.R. of paintings by National Artist Mineko Yoshida. The exhibition brings together a body of work from the Stripe Painting series created by the artist in 2017. Growing up in Japan until she left for college in the US, Yoshida learned Japanese calligraphy from an early age. Influenced by her calligraphic experience, her creative process can be described as “writing” rather than “painting.” A calligrapher manifests what she feels about the meaning of the Japanese character by drawing expressive lines; sometimes thick and bold, or thin and elegant. In her painting, Yoshida aims to convey joy, happiness, and uplifting air with colors, lines, and shapes with paint much like a calligrapher expresses her feelings in black Sumi ink. For the creation of these works, Yoshida starts by spray painting “stripes” onto 60’’ x 60’’ special Yupo paper where they act as lines of a notebook, or lanes on a wide highway. The “strophes,” which live in between the stripes, and reference the first division of a Greek choral ode, are the abstract characters that seemingly dance around the perimeter of each lane. These are added spontaneously - a technique that allows the artist the structural freedom in her work that she enjoys. According to poet Susan Ludvigson Yoshida “is a painter who deserves a wide audience, [...] Her unique blend of calligraphy-inspired images and her enactments of the abstract imagination are immensely rich experiences for the viewer. I found myself entering some of the paintings as if they were territories to be explored. In others, my delight was in her unique combinations of color, image, and pattern, and always the characteristic lilting brushstrokes. This is altogether entrancing work.”

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Curators

Patricia Hernandez

Roxana Fabius

Exhibiting artists

Mineko Yoshida

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