chicago

Ray Yoshida

Phyllis Kind Gallery

Ray Yoshida’s unusual painting style has long made him an important representative of Chicago Imagism. His richly inventive fantasy landscapes are heavily worked over, which gives them their mannered, idiosyncratic, and obsessive quality. In Yoshida’s art, great effort is expended in a desire to describe the indescribable, an urge to contain the elusive. His images are indistinct in narrative and act as studied episodes from some unseen larger text, or as variations on themes so permuted and extrapolated as to be no longer recognizable.

The themes depicted in this exhibition vary a bit, but two areas of inquiry predominate. In the first, Yoshida renders dusty and battered settings that have mysterious organic elements cast across horizontal expanses. These landscapes are neither linear nor painterly; instead, they appear as drained, embalmed, abstracted, and catalogued memories of place

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