Kim Uchiyama at Helm Contemporary

Dana Gordon reviews Kim Uchiyama: Loggia at Helm Contemporary, New York.

Gordon observes: “Sicily brings to mind bright sunlight and thus strong color. At midday, when extended shadows disappear, the colors of the ground, objects, and sky can be close in value—there isn’t a lot of contrast in brightness among colors. This kind of light is present in Uchiyama’s paintings, especially the larger ones. A painting displayed indoors does not have the interference of the sun’s glare and its reflections, so the action of close-valued colors is more noticeable than in the world itself. Negative space between forms (e.g., the columns) becomes an opportunity for this artist to control exquisite and surprising effects of color.”

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