"Bijutsu-Techoh, January 2008"

"Bijutsu-Techoh, January 2008"

Yasuharu Isono "Shades of Grey"


When you get into the gallery, you will get your eyes caught by a wide canvas for the first immediately. The whole surface on the canvas is painted in neutral colors which would is defined as not only grey color but also indescribable colors. The canvas with no brush strokes and the layers of the oil painting at equable density forms the illusionistic space, which emphasizes not any material sense of artistic effects but its limitless thin brightness when it is seen at a distance. 


At first glance, it is a sort of monochrome paintings of Minimalism but it is the color tones are subtly different on the top and the bottom of the picture. Being dazzled by the homogeneously broadening neutral tints, you think that a optical illusion occurred to your eyes, and when you stare the picture more deeply, the horizontal line which divides it into two parts on the top and the bottom gradually come to reveals such as light tracks. The picture is divided into the two color surfaces by painting at the gradation level that is barely perceived. However, it is a curious thing that no trademarks are found even though it is seen more closely to check if there are any effects that the artist added. On the contrary, the horizontal line  which was supposed to be perceived until just a minute ago melted into the limitless monochrome picture.


The phenomenological picture that is enable to observe "appearance" and "disappearance" is probably attained by adjusting the recoatings of the layers deliberately with examining the permeability of light. It is the picture with rejecting the surplus parts but once the horizontal line is perceived, some images come to appear there. The horizontal line which divides the pictures into two sections makes you imagine the horizon that separate the "sky" and the "ground" or the "sky" and the "ocean" whether you hope it or not. As well as there is no actual boundary line between the sky and the  ground, the line repeating to appear and disappear in Isono's painting does not function as the one partitioning clearly in the picture.


To define some thing by disconnecting from the other, that is to say, if segmentation is defined as the human way or approach to recognize the world, when the line bringing out images disappears, what comes to appear is the undefined world which used to exist before being segmented. Thus, the primordial anxieties such as when contemplating the phenomena of nature beyond human intellect visits viewers. 

"éclat, May 2017"

"M&I ART - Public Art and Art Collection Department"

"Kanagawa Shimbun - Jul.17, 2017"

"ACRYLART - Holbein Scholarship"

"SEKAI WO UTSUSU - Exhibition catalog"

This exhibition’s title, “SEKAI WO UTSUSU”(せかいをうつす), is named only in Japanese Hiragana characters so that the exhibition itself could not be bound by only one meaning, with the word “SEKAI” (the world), which has diversified meanings, and the word “UTSUSU”, which can be defined in various ways, such as  “describing”, “picturing”, “projecting”, “moving”, “shifting”, etc.. Yasuharu Isono, Kazuha Imura, Hogalee are artists, each of them creates their works with different techniques and media. But, all of them deeply reflect the connection to the world in their works and creation attitudes. In addition to their previous works, we asked each of them to produce a new work by facing, seizing, and expressing the diverse “SEKAI” of today, and decided to exhibit them together in this exhibition.


Yasuharu Isono thinks the world is composed of elements, visibility and invisibility. Depicting them on a picture, he aims to expose the reality of the world.


A work “86400秒” (“86400 seconds” - Not displayed in this exhibition -), which he produced as a university student, shows he already had interest in the relation between self-existence and the world at that time. This work is the image formed by placing one photo by one photo that he takes the landscapes in his sight every one second and processes 1 day = 86400 seconds (photos). “I am made up with being affected by everything, such as experience, landscape, air, human, time, etc. that I catch in my eyes in my daily life.” Isono thought. This is his self- portrait that he adds the world surroundings himself as his components so as to express the existence of himself on a canvas. 


“limited unlimited” (pp.44 - 45), exhibited in this exhibition, might be seen as a simple picture that monochromatic colors is only applied. No brush marks on the picture, which is painted in several layers, it looks like a expressionless and inorganic work at first glance, but when looking into it, you would be aware of a horizontal line running on the center of the canvas, which divides an upper part and a lower part and the colors are  subtly different, and then the new world spreads in audience’s field of vision, despite the work being hanged on the same place. Even though it is the world thought of  as “visible” and “perceived”,  it is not absolute and only one side of it is recognized.


His new work produced for this exhibition, “and Ray” (pp.42-43), is a work with awareness of light, as “Ray”, which means “beam of light”, is used for the title. Light that comes through tress and leaves produces the brightness and the depth, making a effect on the canvas of  2 dimension as if there is 3 dimensional space. It must be remembered that it does not mean to match with the mechanism of the sense of your sight, but illusion (perceptual illusion / optical illusion) is obviously arisen.  As long as sight is controlled by cerebrum that depends on knowledges and imaginations, normal sight becomes illusion possibly by gaining knowledges and experiences, he indicates throughout his work “and Ray”.