(A better Yokose, not in this show.)
Winston Wächter Fine Art (530 West 25th St, Chelsea) will be exhibiting new works by Hiro Yokose, opening tonight.
These new works are imagined, romantic landscapes, and look like this:
Yokose’s style of encaustic application apparently doesn’t mix his pigments into the heated wax, but layers beeswax on top of and between layers of oil, fusing them afterward with a heat gun. He leaves the final layer of oil detailing on top, unwaxed.
Some of Yokose’s abstracts are intriguing, but this exhibition looks kind of Bob Ross-y; fantasy dreamscapes that are vaguely decorative. Of course he’s more painterly than Ross, but the subtlety of detail doesn’t really make up for the lack of theme.