Soichi Yamaguchi “Dimemsions”
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Soichi Yamaguchi produces paintings that have an origin point in optical illusionary experiences that left a strong impression on him as a child.
His solo exhibition last year included “montage (beauty cyborg),” an ironic take on today’s superficial culture, and “Cubic Cubism,” which interwove his love and affection for cubism with his own thoughts about it. He has developed his work out of a 2D world suggestive of the beginnings of a Rorschach test, and while he has taken up motifs of familiar icons such as anime characters and painting masterpieces, he presents an enticing development of space suggestive of the point between two and three dimensionality with his ingenious on-screen fictions.
In amusement parks there are sometimes giant mazes. What the people watching from nearby from elevated seating and the people actually in the maze see is completely different, however, despite it being the same maze. While the people in the giant maze are experiencing a 2D world, the people who are looking out over it experience it as a 3D structure. The degree of difficulty, depending on the different dimensions and the goal of the maze, can vary to a large extent.
When we look at something, if it is familiar, even if it changes in how it has been dimensionally captured, we understand it as being normal. We feel it is fun if it becomes unfamiliar, although it provokes a sense of discomfort in us, and it is in this way that Yamaguchi explores ways of apprehending and seeing things based on “dimensions.”
His quest does not stop within the canvas, and he is now tackling three‐dimensional works and relief-like supporting mediums. His work, which for this exhibition incorporates painted pottery for the first time, features this same pottery crushed into a flat surface and then reconstructed and combined into something like developmental charts. From a flat surface they become three-dimensional shapes, and from repeated complex experiments the different dimensions go back and forth to that flat surface as he searches for a new perception with pure query set against a backdrop of visually recognizable things. See how Yamaguchi brings together the glamor of colorful pop with a depth that touches on that which is uncomfortable.
from March 02, 2018 to March 25, 2018
Opening Reception on 2018-03-02 from 18:00 to 20:00