Myths are of particular interest to Chie Yoshii, whose work is inspired by the analogy between mythological tales and human psychology. The Los Angeles based Japanese artist’s lush paintings, previously featured here on our blog, depicts her subjects in color-saturated images that remove them from their historical identity and into a land of fancy: central figures of Ancient Greek art and literature rendered with a timeless beauty.
Chie Yoshii’s latest exhibition at Roq La Rue in Seattle took its title from a quote by Carl Jung: “Human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” Titled “In the Darkness of Mere Being,” her new series of paintings was heavily influenced by the ideas of this pioneering psychologist.
As the name might suggest, Portland’s Antler Gallery showcases many artists whose work deals with the natural world. Their appreciation of animal-inspired art precipitated the annual exhibition, “Brink,” which is now in its third year. Opening on January 29, the group show features artists such as Chie Yoshii, Jon MacNair, Caitlin McCormack, Brin Levinson, Kevin Earl Taylor, and Antler owners Susannah Kelly and Neil Perry, among others. Part of the show’s proceeds will benefit the Audubon Society of Portland, which does work to protect the region’s birds and their habitats.
The transition from one year into the next inspires us to shed our old attitudes, outlooks, and approaches and start anew. It’s no coincidence that many Pagan rituals around the time of Winter Solstice center around the theme of rebirth and regeneration. Seattle’s Roq La Rue Gallery taps into this theme for their occult-inspired winter group show “Incantation,” featuring artists such as Casey Weldon (covered in HF Vol. 32), Peter Ferguson, Redd Walitzki, Erica Levine, Barnaby Whitfield, Chie Yoshii and others. The exhibition is on view through January 31. Take a look at some of the works below.
Just in time for today’s holiday, Stephen Romano Gallery in Brooklyn currently has a group show on display titled “In Missa Interfectionis.” The exhibition glorifies the morbid and macabre, juxtaposing contemporary works by the likes of Colin Christian, Soey Milk and Chie Yoshii with eerie artifacts from various cultures and time periods. A 20th-century Caribbean altar complete with a miniature casket and a 19th-century American illustration of the evolution of monsters are just a couple of the historical curiosities shown with the modern works. These pieces provide context for the newer ones, attesting to humanity’s eternal obsession with death and the supernatural.
This Thursday, June 6, Roq La Rue in Seattle will open their group show “Otherworld” featuring a roster of artists known for transporting their viewers into fantastical realms with their work. Between Josh Keyes’s (HF Collected 3 cover artist) paintings of underwater dioramas, John Brophy’s video game-inspired, vividly 3D paintings and Martin Wittfooth’s (HF Vol. 19 cover artist) glowing reflections of nature, each artist in the show has a distinct, fully-developed vision that connects each piece in his or her body of work like the chapters in a novel. Other exhibiting artists include Chris Berens (HF Vol. 9), Peter Ferguson, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Casey Curran, Madeline Von Foerster, Tom Bagshaw, Kris Lewis (HF Vol. 20), Glenn Barr (HF Vol. 10 cover artist), Ryan Heshka, Jean Labourdette (Turf One), Dan Quintana (HF Vol. 27), Derek Nobbs, Jessica McCourt, Chie Yoshii and more. Take a look at some images of the work in the show after the jump and check out “Otherworld” June 6 through July 27.