May 25, 2010
Junko Yamamoto at EC Gallery (by Robin Dluzen)
THE VISUAL DENOUEMENT IS THE RICH HIDDEN LAYERS OF RASPBERRY, escaping to the surface just enough to bring level contrast to the overall palette. This month Ibuki magazine introduces the artwork of Junko Yamamoto. Japanese artist Yamamoto is perhaps not as well-known as she ought to be. Her paintings are as colorful as a euphoric dream. SAM Gallery Seattle has been displaying her works for over 10 years.
“The flickering quality of the abstract painting is captured and made more explicit in the video, it’s jumpy images echoing her brushwork”. (Matthew Kangas)
“with her deft brushwork, and oscilating color-grounds of greens, blues and browns, Yamamoto employs the brighter colors as almost industrial contrasts. The dialogue between the pop culture references and formal elements taht is simmering below the surface of these small. glowing works also might emerge more explicitly with great potential rewards”.
“Yamamoto applies and gouges away with a joyful, intoxiciting inventiveness” (David Stoesz)
“Junko Yamamoto paints gorgeously weathered abstractions in warm cool colors enlivened by the occasional pink pillow shape” (David Stoesz)
“Junko Yamamoto’s landscapes are weightless, driffing worlds” (Regine Hackett)
“find a different way to stamp their abstractions with a Post-pop sensibility” (Regine Hackett)