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un•der•cur•rent

April 1 - May 6, 2017 at C. Grimaldis Projects

Opening Reception: Friday, April 1, 6 - 8pm

C. Grimaldis Projects is pleased to present un·der·cur·rent, a solo exhibition by Hidenori Ishii. Extending from the artist’s focus on the aftermath of Fukushima Daiichi, the exhibition posits a series of meditations on what utopia might be possible after nuclear collapse and how beauty might persist as landscape turns mutant.

The works in this exhibition feature the artist’s signature use of synthetic resin Kuricoat C-720, a neon-green substance sprayed at Fukushima Daiichi after the reactor meltdown in an effort to resist the airborne spread of radiation. At disaster sites, invisible radioactive material weaves itself into the contaminated environment, redefining space and one’s relationship to the body. Ishii’s utopias respond to such an undercurrent, hypothesizing the entangled trajectories of objects and their fates; the fate of a vein, an organ, a machine or of a flower.

Hidenori Ishii (b. 1978 Yonezawa, Japan) is a graduate of the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Joan Mitchell MFA Fellowship Nominee. His work has been included in group shows in New York, Dallas and Baltimore, as well as a recent solo exhibition at Erin Cluley Gallery in 2015. un·der·cur·rent is the artist’s third solo exhibition at C. Grimaldis Gallery. He currently lives and works in New York.

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