Ko Kirk Yamahira: Fractions
Russo Lee Gallery, Portland, OR - Jan 2 – Feb. 1, 2020
Seattle-based artist Ko Kirk Yamahira teases fabric apart until its threads hang limply, setting off all sorts of alarms in the viewer about how his objects stay together. They are like Bridget Riley Op Art paintings but supremely tactile. Wool, denim, cotton… even painter’s canvas comes under the artist’s knife and fingers for a good shredding. These gorgeous works beg to be worn, but cannot be. Look but do not touch.