Yuriko Yamaguchi

Penine Hart Gallery

Eight of Yuriko Yamaguchi’s cryptic wall assemblages are featured in this show. Each is made up of an arrangement of strange, possibly symbolic objects, made of stained or polychromed wood. All are presented either directly on the wall or against backdrops that seem less like frames than breeding grounds for elementary life forms. Yamaguchi offers us undeciperable hieroglyphs, masterfully allusive configurations and clusters of shapes that escape definitive readings. In The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud distinguishes between the latent content of a dream—the dream itself—and its manifest content, which is the dream’s residue that survives into our waking memory. He likens this residue to a pictographic script, a picture-puzzle that remains nonsensical if interpreted without recognition of the unconscious process that created it. Much more than the sum of its parts, it is a

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