On view through February 28th, 2014 at the Mulberry Street Library we are featuring the work of artist Yuko K. The show, Colors and Icons, uses bold symbols such as peace signs, crosses, and other iconography in unexpected colors, patterns, and permutations. Much like Buddhist mandalas, these symbolic works are touchstones for reflections on peace, spirituality, and remembrance. The library provides a contemplative environment for these paintings to thrive and inspire.
Red Cross (Musèe d'Orsay) I&II © Yuko K
From the artist:
"Throughout my career as an artist, I have come to realize that symbolic figures emanate certain energies that inspire me in my work. In my view, such figures as a red cross, yin and yang, and a peace mark, are simplified and selected in such a way that they convey many important meanings as well.
My artistic inspirations often come from those moments in my daily life when I recognize the beautiful scenes and universal good energies of iconic shapes rendered in bright primary colors. These scenes exist in city sights – the architecture, shop displays, signs and products - and even, often, in nature itself.
When I encounter such scenes, my eyes gravitate towards and capture their essences
while I grasp the energy inspired by these images. Drawing on this energy always
helps me to launch enthusiastically into new creations and then present these
impressions in my own art works.
In my art work, expressing spontaneously on white canvas the strong inspirations I
perceive and gather from primal colors, powerfully motivates me to create anew.
In the current show “Colors and Icons” I am able to exhibit my art works, including
selections from my icon series created with inspiration I drew from the experience of
9.11.2001 in New York City, to raise awareness and advocate the necessity of how we
as human beings can look to produce real peace in our world."