There’s always something magical at Pace/MacGill Gallery in NYC. Behold ヅ Yoshitomo Nara 奈良 美智! ‘All things must pass, but nothing is lost / precious days around me, sometimes farther along, sometimes under my feet.’
Over at the always awesome Pace/MacGill Gallery on East 57th street in NYC, Yoshitomo-san has set up an unexpected but scintillating showcase of personal photographs and tricked out snaps. Intimate, self-referential, stupefying and sublime, the multimedia artist lets us see through his peripatetic lens, providing pictorial meditations of far-flung vignettes that add up to way more than the sum of their parts.
This exhibit is a sort of autobiographical composite of his work – a cumulative mosaic/artistic odyssey imbued with inspirations, impressions, people, places, textures, tastes, cartoons, memories and marginalia. Yoshitomo-san refers to these works as “layers” and “ruminations.” They come in the form of color-saturated, bleached-out and black/white photos of cityscapes, stills, rural life, youth culture, drawings and portraits in places like northern China, his native Japan, rustic Russia and everywhere else.
There are countless combos of cool photos, magical montage, neo-expressionism, gypsy spirits, roving nomads and kitschiness mixed with a Japanese twist and the shutterbug’s worldly wit. We love his doll-like diptychs, technicolored transitions that take you from real to surreal and then back again; his wide-ranging panoramas that conjure Wes Anderson-like alt-folk aesthetics and, of course, his sinister-cute pastel-hued emo Pop art that is charged with existential angst and human yearning.