• Intriguing portrayals of Japanese femininity at Joshua Liner Gallery

    Ai Yamaguchi aoi ooinu Acrylic on cotton, blanket and panel 2012 43.25 x 43.25 x 2 inches / 110 x 110 x 6 cm
    Ai Yamaguchi, aoi ooinu
    Acrylic on cotton, blanket and panel, 2012,  43.25 x 43.25 x 2 inches / 110 x 110 x 6 cm
    Ai Yamaguchi nagusamuru wa Acrylic on cotton, panel 2014 18 x 16 x 3 inches / 45 x 40 x 7 cm
    Ai Yamaguchi, nagusamuru wa
    Acrylic on cotton, panel, 2014
    18 x 16 x 3 inches / 45 x 40 x 7 cm
    Ai Yamaguchi kokoro no tane Acrylic on cotton, panel 2014 41 x 34 x 4 inches / 105 x 86 x 9.5 cm
    Ai Yamaguchi, kokoro no tane
    Acrylic on cotton, panel, 2014
    41 x 34 x 4 inches / 105 x 86 x 9.5 cm

    A collection of alluring works depicting young Japanese girls are currently on display at a Chelsea gallery in a show titled Shinchishirin by Ai Yamaguchi. For her second solo show in New York in 12 years, Yamaguchi focuses on feminine beauty with a strong emphasis on the thick, long, silky, hair of girls and women. Long hair has long been an important asset of beauty in Japanese culture, which Yamaguchi truly embraces by making the girls’ hair a dominant focus by painting them in traditional Japanese calligraphic style.

    The works in this show are mostly acrylic on cotton, non-gesso blanket canvases layered on multiple planes with unique shapes such as the shape of a bird in Shin to San, or a shape resembling a pair of lips in Yorozu no ha.

    The title of the show Shinchishirin comes from several different poems from the Heian Period; “shin” means “heart,” “chi” means “earth,” and “rin” means “forest.” Altogether,

    Shinchishirin is an expression of how the seeds of one’s heart are planted into the ground and grow into a forest of poetry.

    Yamaguchi’s art is deeply rooted in traditional Japanese themes. In this show in particular she illustrates these girls’ lives as beautiful and alluring, yet innocent and unbroken.

     

    Ai Yamaguchi: Shinchishirin/ On view: May 8th – June 7th, 2014

    Joshua Liner Gallery

    540 West 28th street

    New York, NY 10001

    212-244-7415

     

    Article by: Alison Martin

    Photos provided by the Gallery and the Artist

    Ai Yamaguchi aware acrylic on cotton, panel 2014 11 x 32 x 3 inches / 28.5 x 81 x 7.5 cm
    Ai Yamaguchi, aware
    acrylic on cotton, panel, 2014
    11 x 32 x 3 inches / 28.5 x 81 x 7.5 cm
    Ai Yamaguchi haru demo aki demo nai fuyu Acrylic on cotton, panel 2014 73 x 45 x 2.5 inches / 110 x 110 x 6 cm
    Ai Yamaguchi haru demo aki demo nai fuyu Acrylic on cotton, panel, 2014 73 x 45 x 2.5 inches / 110 x 110 x 6 cm
    Ai Yamaguchi omou koto Acrylic on cotton, panel 2014 20 x 28 x 3 inches / 51 x 71 x 7 cm
    Ai Yamaguchi, omou koto
    Acrylic on cotton, panel, 2014
    20 x 28 x 3 inches / 51 x 71 x 7 cm
    Ai Yamaguchi yorozu no ha Acrylic on cotton, panel 2014 24 x 30 x 2.5 inches / 61 x 75 x 6 cm
    Ai Yamaguchi, yorozu no ha
    Acrylic on cotton, panel, 2014
    24 x 30 x 2.5 inches / 61 x 75 x 6 cm

     

     

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