SAN FRANCISCO --- The Shooting Gallery opened both Madness by Yumiko Kayukawa (Seattle) and Bastion by Aaron Nagel (Oakland) on June 8th with Kayukawa in the main gallery and Nagel in the project space.
Kayukawa's work is very interesting, combining a deliberate flatness with immense detail, all perfectly constructed on their canvas supports. She was also there during the opening, approaching visitors and initiating conversations with them, and was a very refreshing and inviting presence. However, I was more attracted to the paintings of Aaron Nagel. They are not only beautiful, realistic portraits but with the inclusion of several small blue dots, the compositions become more complicated and move from basic nudes to a more personal vision of both spirituality and sensuality. These are not the fashion models seen in the front of White Walls, these are real women, and their depiction is executed perfectly, and the blue dots add a distinctive touch.
Yumiko Kayukawa, TAKENOKO (Bamboo Child), Acrylic and Ink on Canvas, 12x18"
Yumiko Kayukawa, KYOUKI (Madness), Acrylic and Ink on Canvas, 22x30"
Yumiko Kayukawa, TUGYAZAA UII KYAN (Together We Can), Acrylic and Ink on Canvas, 20X12"
Yumiko Kayukawa, TSURU (Crane), Acrylic and Ink on Canvas, 24x16”
Yumiko Kayukawa, YUKIHYOU (Snow Leopard), Acrylic and Ink on Canvas, 22x15"
Yumiko Kayukawa, TEREYA (Shyness), Acrylic and Ink on Canvas, 20x16"
Aaron Nagel, Sundown, Oil on Canvas, 30x44"
Aaron Nagel, Urchin, Oil on Panel, 20x30"
Aaron Nagel, Bastion, Oil on Panel, 51x40"
Aaron Nagel, Tucked, Oil on Panel, 20x30"
Aaron Nagel, Cavernous, Oil on Panel, 27x40"
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