Los Angeles

Richard Yokomi

Nicholas Wilder Gallery

While Novros’s two works make only a pair, his greater body of work indicates a series, an “obsessive image,” or simply a deliberately limited (for clarity) set of formal problems. It’s safe to say that most younger artists are thinking in sets, and the difficulty in sorting out good stuff from bad stuff is in telling the difference between passionate narrowing and mere bright ideas. A survey view of current art looks like a chessboard, with most squares occupied. Once in a while the intersection of stylistic elements (hypothetically, “funk” and “light-as-medium”) is found vacant and a claim is staked, a show is born. That Richard Yokomi’s new work arouses that kind of feeling in me is not in itself negative; predictability (in the sense one feels relieved rather than surprised by a show) is a fact-of-life on the scene, no better or worse than plastics, computers, or guerilla theatre.

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