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Two Japonist Artists

When: May 29-June 22 2019

Japanese art was a crucial influence on the progressive artists of the late nineteenth century who found its linearity, flat patterning, and orthogonal perspectives an alternative to tired academic ilusionism. The French called this passion japonisme; the adjectives are japonesque and japoniste. The works of painter Fumiko Yoshikawa and ceramist Joe Mielke are influenced by Japanese tradition, but not constrained by it: they reinterpret it personally, as Manet and Van Gogh did. Yoshikawa’s mixed-media abstractions on canvas are delicately lyrical evocations of the poetry of nature. Her three series of works, “Dream Seeds,” “Organic Mind,” and “Pieces of Mind” feature overlapping, floating natural and calligraphic forms rendered in a subdued Asian ink palette, suggesting the flux of nature and of the inner world of introspection. Mielke, “seduced” by clay forty years ago, crafts beautifully raku-glazed vessels that exude technical mastery, allowing the medium to speak for itself. (They’re also seriously affordable!).

DeWitt Cheng

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