Yukio Imamura Trips on Peppers at Wynwood's Lelia Mordoch Gallery
Many of these spaces maintain a skeleton crew and low operational budgets, allowing them to rotate stock out of their headquarters and present exhibits here in the hopes that their artists might catch the eyes of a passing collector. (Most don't have a list of local buyers to scare up to their shows.)
The good thing about those galleries is they offer access to artists one might never encounter outside of the art fair circuit. Such is the case at the Paris-based Lelia Mordoch Gallery exhibiting "Pigment Rouges (Red Peppers)" a surprisingly nifty collection of retro-contempo psychedelic abstract canvases by Japan's Yukio Imamura.
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Instead his fresher, wildly playful and boldly colored canvases drag the viewer into the inner catacombs of Imamura's brain pan. Brimming with phalanxes of tiny red peppers marching across a subterranean network of the artist's fecund imagination, the fiery chilies take over huge stretches of canvas upon which they scale ladders to the sky and battle roaming bacteria or mutant magicians to assert their claim on a dystopian world.
In Libido Electro-stimulation station for all living organisms, saturated with landscapes, both inner and outer, that twist and writhe over his composition, the image is radiant with peppery sex and sunlight as if refracted and intensified through the kaleidoscopic lens of an acid trip.
|The airplane has fallen on the breakfast table|
At Lelia Mordoch, Imamura seems to be lost in a tantric reverie uniquely his own, tripping on a conceptual dreamtime during which his companion red peppers are leading him to another dimension where the voice of William Burroughs has blessed him with a rhizomatic knowledge of the nature of the surreal.
|The purple ice of the tundra is melting. The red peppers resuscitate.|
"Pigment Rouge (Red Peppers)"is on view through November 19 at Lelia Mordoch Gallery (2300 North Miami Avenue, Miami). Admission is free. Call 786-431-1506 or visit galerieleliamordoch.com.
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