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Friday August 12th will be our FIRST opening reception with works by artists Yumiko Fujiwara and Tong Lin (桐林) in a dual exhibition called ‘Reimagined Portals’.
The show will focus on reimagined landscapes, or portals if you will, that are done in two different mediums, one of them being digitally manipulated photographs, and the other being oil paint on canvas. Fujiwara’s six photographs come from a series called ‘Komorebi’ (木漏れ日) in Japanese, which translates to “sunlight filtering through trees”. This series began in 2015 when she began importing textures gathered from analogue photos through Photoshop, using them to create visually illusive animations for a short experimental film. Through this initial film-project, she developed an interest in digitally manipulating analogue photographs to become multi-dimensional; incorporating several aspects of time, memory, place and light to become a singular, photographic experience. In manipulating and combining several photographs into one, her intent was to blend together unique moments to mirror impressions of certain places and times that she holds in her personal memory. All of the photographs used to create this series come her visits in Fukushima and Tokyo, Japan.
Tong’s series of paintings that will be exhibited are a collection of works ranging from the mid 1990’s to 2015. Also heavily texturized, Tong’s use of color is brilliant and vibrant like those of the impressionists, amplifying his work. Each scene is constructed with multiple layers of thick oil paint, drawing the viewer in to a portal and placing them in a timeless setting, trancending your typical landscape. Despite his traditional and classical training, Tong brings a contemporary style to landscape painting, captivating, rather than showing.