Painter Chie Fueki’s work has moved through many different phases, or, shall we say, preoccupations. In 2002, Fueki’s art was all surfaces – lushly textured, jewel-toned pointillist abstractions. Her 2006 show at Mary Boone Gallery, Lucky, Star, Super, Hero, focused on athletes and sports imagery, overlaid with a more painterly version of Lisa Frank iconography (rainbows, lightning bolts, dolphins); by 2013, the visual influences of her childhood (born in Yokohama, raised in São Paulo) broke through in her heavily decorated and layered portraits of friends, which wed Japanese ukiyo-e motifs to the psychedelic superflat graphic techniques of tropicália in a way that made perfect sense.This OMA show exhibits a suite of prints Fueki made at UCF’s Flying Horse Editions fine art studio; the repetition of the printing process dovetails with Fueki’s subtle practice of shifting colors and patterns to alter meaning, so expect to see greatness at this opening. The show hangs through April 27.
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