By Avi Landau
Stepping into the first main section of an exhibition called REVERBERATION (after having registered my telephone number and had my temperature checked by the receptionist) I looked around and soon found myself transported far back in time – and just as far in space, to my early childhood back in New York, when I would lay in bed at night, snuggled up in the dark with my eyes closed, and enjoy the floating colors I saw glowing on the inside of my eye-lids – deep blues and yellows in ever shifting fractals… until I drifted off into sleep.
I hadn`t seen those particular colors and shapes in decades (though I often think back on them), but there they were again, lining the walls of the Tsukuba Art Museum. And all alone, I wandered through the exhibition, warmed and comforted by memories, a sense of nostalgia, and the impact of colors which I realized were (for some reason) so deeply important to me – deep blues, vibrant yellows…
And while the individual works were beautiful (like Rorschach tests in which each person perceives his/her own images) and some of them very powerful and and alive with energy, I realized that more than enjoying the effect of each separate painting, it was the impact of the rooms themselves – on a whole – that was most profoundly felt. Yamanaka had turned the galleries, in their entireties, into a warm and comforting sanctuary, a temple of the color… most specifically BLUE… in its many shades.
If like me, you feel a connection to that color, try to catch this show.
To be continued…..
Place: The Tsukuba Museum of Art Ibaraki
Admission is FREE
Thru December 6, 2020
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