Hello friends!

Giertz Gallery is honored to present an exhibition of Jave Yoshimoto’s artwork. Originally scheduled to be an on-campus exhibition earlier this fall, we shifted to an online format so that our students and community would still be able to experience and study his work. I thank Jave Yoshimoto for his flexibility and dedication to this project. I would also like to acknowledge the Illinois Arts Council for providing funding for this online exhibition and gallery talk.

Yoshimoto depicts current events and social issues within his artwork, exploring catastrophic events such as the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Fukushima Disaster. Within his work, he has developed a style that comes from his unique voice, simultaneously creating work that is a convergence of the personal and the universal. The results are his stunning, vibrant images and three-dimensional works that poignantly illustrate natural and human-made destruction and suffering.

Ephemeral Propinquity, gouache on paper, 22”x30”, 2017

Yoshimoto intertwines traditional and contemporary art history together. His art history knowledge is expansive, and he incorporates techniques and processes from various cultures and periods.  His work infuses traditional Japanese prints, Asian scroll painting, Christian iconography, Greek mythology, photojournalism, images from news media, and the popular graphic style resembling manga. He embraces new technology with more traditional forms of storytelling.

This online exhibition includes four bodies of work that Yoshimoto created and includes Baptism of Concrete Estuary, Disaster, Godzilla Invades, and Humanitarian Crisis. Each section has a specific subject matter. However, the way the artist creates each body of work generates ideas that inform other aspects of his next series. His work is authentic and deeply moving. By avoiding either too personal an experience or being too much a bystander, he creates a format that allows him to channel his experience and emotions with much more complex global concerns. In doing so, he enables the work to have an authority and a genuine viewpoint from a personal perspective. He is not merely depicting new stories and images but creates an access point for the viewer to witness and relate to the actual event and persons depicted in his artwork.

The exhibition will slowly reveal itself. Works of art will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram as the show progresses, and we will include in-depth information on our website. To watch Yoshimoto’s gallery talk, click here.

Lisa Costello, Director
Giertz Gallery, Parkland College

Humanitarian Crisis

Godzilla Invades

Disaster Series

Baptism of Concrete Estuary