Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Art of Yoko d'Holbachie


"My Strange Goddess"
The Art of Yoko d'Holbachie
Reception:  Saturday, April 28th , 5 to 8 pm
Exhibition:  April 29 through May 20, 2012
Contact Heidi Leigh
  
Inspired by popular culture in her native Japan and beyond, Yoko d'Holbachie's acrylic on canvas paintings are at once vividly inviting and disturbingly dark. Candy colored creatures, with wormlike tentacles travel through fantasy landscapes. Elements of Kawaii, Anime, Pop Art and Surrealism blend together in tightly rendered works that pull the viewer in with bright, cheerful energy and hold on with strange, complex elements. Time spent with these charming beasts elicits questions about our ideas of reality, appearance, power and danger. Is this seemingly sweet creature planning to do harm or does it actually need help? Is it reaching out with gentle tendrils or are those poisonous vines? Can first, second, even third impressions be trusted in art and life?

With "My Strange Goddess," Yoko d'Holbachie continues her search for answers while turning her attention, specifically, to the feminine. What does it mean to be feminine? Are the goddesses of these portraits angry, loving, weak or dangerous? How does a female artist who equates her process with giving birth to images conceived in her imagination and passed through her body, perceive and present the concepts of fertility and creation? With this show, her most personal body of work to date, Yoko d'Holbachie bares her soul to her audience; inviting us to experience the many sides of her own inner Goddess and conclude what we will. Yoko d'Holbachie was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1971. She studied art and design at Tama Art University in Tokyo. Her work has been exhibited in London, Rome, Los Angeles and Miami. 

"My Strange Goddess" is d'Holbachie's first solo exhibition in the United States and the opening reception on April 28th  from 5 to 8 pm will be her first personal appearance. The reception is free and open to the public but RSVP is requested to rsvp@afanyc.com.

AFA is located at 54 Greene Street (corner of Broome Street), in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Hours are Monday - Saturday, 10am - 7pm and Sundays 11am - 6pm. To request more information or images contact Heidi Leigh at heidi@afanyc.com or 212.226.7374.
  
Image: "Goddess," acrylic on canvas.

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