A melancholy face appears in a baby's stroller, a toddler in overalls guiding it through the grass. Later, the same face emerges from a factory building. Then a backhoe. This is the world of Tetsuya Ishida.
Ishida's first U.S. exhibition is sure to be controversial. In eight deeply personal paintings-blending dreamlike realities with everyday life and grim isolation with bizarre wit-he explores social dislocation, the impact of rapid technological advancement and an ongoing search for identity. His paintings intimately detail the troubled state of the artist's mind, but can also be viewed in a broader cultural context as responses to the turbulent state of Japan at the end of the 20th century.
Ishida, who died in 2005, was drawn to artists who "truly believe that the world is saved a little with each brushstroke." His works will resonate differently with every viewer, triggering strong emotions while resisting easy explanation. Whether they provide salvation is ultimately left for you to decide.