Hiroka Yamashita, Soot, 2022
Michael Ho, Su Yu-Xin, Hiroka Yamashita
Jan 20 – Mar 11, 2023
Blum
Tokyo, Japan

Blum is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by Michael Ho, Su Yu-Xin, and Hiroka Yamashita. All born in 1991, they each conjure material and metaphysical landscapes and excavate notions of earth and environs as zones where psychological elements can be performed or confronted. Their respective bodies of work are shown here as three strata of varying depth: the aboveground, the liminal, and the subterranean.

Born in Hualien, Taiwan, Su Yu-Xin has an academic background in techniques associated with nihonga, or “Japanese-style painting” that binds pigments derived from natural ingredients like minerals, shells, or semi-precious stones with glue made from animal hide. She collects and processes these materials, lifts them from the earth’s crust, and invents a new order on blocks of hand-formed wood where terrains are formed in dense layers of color and flowing linework. Other paintings appear as diagrams and infographics that classify the substances that make up our physical world or track forces of nature as they shift in tandem with human intervention. Embedded within the tactility of Su’s work is an awareness of anthropogenic hazards on micro and macroecological systems, as well as an engagement with the history of painting as a formalist, aesthetic tradition and a function of modern economic and cultural systems.

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Despite having grown up in diverse cultural contexts and moving through the world on unique paths, Ho, Su, and Yamashita return to the soil, depicting organic environments as metaphors for or carriers of more profound states of being and depths of perception. In their lava beds, mountainous borderlands, and grottoes cast in twilight lies an invitation for the viewer to reconnect with deeper, sedimentary layers of their own geological horizons.

Blum Tokyo, Japan

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