New York

Helen Oji

Monique Knowlton

Helen Oji is fully involved in the current trend toward personalized visualizations, whether of formal issues like colored space or representational issues like the human figure. She first came to the general attention of the New York art world in 1980; the recent works develop the structural and thematic potential inherent in the examples from that period in intriguing ways.

Space Shuttle, 1982, strongly recalls work such as Flight, 1980, but the newer piece is the bolder creation. Oji continues to use her mixed-media combination of acrylic: rhoplex, and glitter, and the unique shape—the painting has a rectangular top and a billowing lower half—that seems to refer to a folded kimono (the artist’s background is Japanese). The Space Shuttle,shown from below, fills the shaped format as it appears to lift off, nose up, and penetrates a lush, brushy atmosphere of blue and purple

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