Paintings Viewed in Comfort

Currently showing in a homely setting, paintings by a new artist focus on strange and dream-like landscapes.

poster for Hiroshi Yoshida

Hiroshi Yoshida "Worlds"

at Waitingroom
in the Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area
This event has ended - (2009-04-18 - 2009-05-30)

In Reviews by Rachel Carvosso 2009-05-19

Tomoko Ashikawa, one of Waitingroom gallery’s creators, notes that “people who want to come here really need to search for it.” Located in fashionable Sangenjaya, the new space is part book shop, part café and part home. It has an intimate and inviting feeling precisely because it is not a white cube. Here you feel as if you can see things in context; the art becomes more accessible as a purchase option when already displayed in a home space. You may also find yourself being offered a chair, a chat and a cup of tea or coffee.

Currently showing is “Worlds”, the first solo show by emerging artist Hiroshi Yoshida. He is young, fresh (only twenty and still a student at Kanazawa Art College) and although little known at the moment, his work is intriguing. Yoshida first exhibited at the Shinjuku Art Infinity competition held at Marui, where he came to the attention of gallerists.
Hiroshi Yoshida, 'Isogu Hito (A Man in a Hurry)' (2009)
Oil and acrylic on panel, 47x70cm
The work is surreal, fusing familiar objects and landscapes in an uncanny and haunting style. Yoshida states that the connection between reality and memory is fluid and changes as we interpret both, like in the piece ‘Pool’, which depicts a familiar place in a surreal way. Think Edward Hopper and Dali’s version of ‘The Night Before Christmas’ – set in Japan. The technical aspects of the work are good – he is no amateur when it comes to draftsmanship. Painting mainly with acrylics, he creates landscapes that are believable but which seem off-kilter, as if the image is a reconstruction of a place visited before. He succeeds in creating paintings that simultaneously evoke a sense of real and dreamt space fusing to create something that is neither. The piece ‘Cross Point’ shows a familiar Japanese crossing, but it extends into infinity amid a strange yellow mist.
Hiroshi Yoshida, 'Setsugen (Snow Field)' (2009)
Acrylic on panel, 56x40cmHiroshi Yoshida, 'Kousaten (Cross Point)' (2009)
Oil and acrylic on panel, 56x40cm

These paintings are narrative, they are full of theatricality – but not the kind that builds up to a climactic finish, rather as if the event has already taken place and is part of a continued story. ‘Snow Field’ is a particularly beautiful blue, a winter scene complete with snow and stark trees, but tucked into the painting is a small figure walking. This attention to detail changes the image from being merely a landscape to becoming the scene of some kind of action. A closer viewing of the works reveals small details and nuances which are not at first obvious. The stark lemon yellow which causes the stick figure’s shadow to become looming in the painting ‘A Man in a Hurry’ is from an unknown source and the shadow is cast onto the sky. In ‘Faraway Thunder’ the scene is quiet as if some catastrophe has taken place and we are looking at the aftermath. Yet these are also painterly pieces – the colors are beautiful and the works have a sense of balance and composition.

This show is a great chance to check out the new space and enjoy the works of an artist who will, no doubt, be making his mark in the future.
Hiroshi Yoshida, 'Enrai (Faraway Thunder)' (2009)
Oil and acrylic on panel, 70.8x111cm

Rachel Carvosso

Rachel Carvosso. Born in the year of the horse in upmarket Chelsea, she spent the majority of her childhood in rural Devon playing bows and arrows and making clothes for the fairies out of small flowers and shrubbery. Studying Art in Oxford she discovered a world of magic and mystery that inspired writers such as CS Lewis, Tolkien and more recently Phillip Pullman. Various roles have been assumed over the ensuing years - artist, teacher, social worker, writer. She is currently working on a collection of poetry and drawings and researching Environmental/Social Arts. » See other writings


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