Depicting the Future in Hidenori Ishii’s Paintings

by Roxanne GoldbergPosted on

Japanese-born, New York-based painter Hidenori Ishii creates compositions that reference a future simultaneously transient and devastatingly permanent. In the 2013 large-scale work Grow till Tall (above), the polluted landscape is reminiscent of a construction site or power plant. Spindly steel towers reach both upwards, beyond the pictorial space, and extend far into an known distance. The negative space behind is littered with flowers like those ubiquitously printed on Hawaiian shirts. The juxtaposition suggests beauty in genuine nature is a thing of the past, something that can now only be experienced through kitsch memorabilia.

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