Cheryl Hazan Gallery is pleased to present Fanfare, a solo exhibition of new works by Kazumi Yoshida. The show will be on view from June 8 through July 16, 2016.
Synesthetic allusions to music are apparent in Kazumi Yoshida’s new body of work. The works presented embody rhythmic qualities evocative of Synchromism, an early 20th-century, avant-garde movement known for abstractions that tie painting to music. The jagged triangles in the show’s namesake piece are mitigated by dulcet colors, like the contrasting sounds of trumpets and muted horns. In "Bricolage," the chevrons, triangles and other geometric forms convey the hectic pattern of jazz. The three Legend paintings are fugue-like monochromes of overlapping curves. "Knock Turn" and "Global Motion" offer contrasting energies reminiscent of constructed and woven surfaces, respectively.
"Gyroscope" and "Frond" present further improvisations on the theme of play. Animated by variant rhythms, textures and palettes, they seem to resonate with the motifs of “pop” and “sweep.” In its Malevich-like graphic simplicity, "Sun Gong" is the only representational work in this series. The cheerfully ambiguous cone-hatted figure reminds one of a blissful meditator at sunrise that emotes a paradoxical unity of opposites: subject and object, inner and outer, the contemplative and his contemplation as one.
The "Geometric Spill" series consists of an octave of chamfered wood frames that showcase angled, glistening colored shapes. Arranged in a row, the "Geometric Spill" series echoes Klee’s allusion to a “keyboard of colors,” the artist’s name for his watercolor paint box. The assemblages are also like miniature theaters. Each includes a geometric string arrangement that creates a mercurial and vibratory shadow drawing, another element of Yoshida’s gift for pictorial play.