Edwin Ushiro's work resonates with the echoes of his boyhood in the "slow town" of Wailuku on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In his paintings, he resurrects the golden days of childhood, when he and his friends ran free through the forests and became one with the sea – but those reflective moments are seen through a hazy lens that reveals the haunting history of the landscape, tinged with dread and a gripping sense of loss.
"Petals Falling and Subsequent Blossoming"
While exploring the narrative tradition of "talk story" native to the islands, he interweaves the uncanny obake tales of his Japanese heritage. Working in assemblages of semi-transparent mixed media impressed behind clear vinyl, he melds his expressive drawing skills with both digital and organic painting techniques. The result is luminous and nostalgic, like a cherished memory burnished and worn fragile by the passage of time.
"Ashes From Things That No Longer Exist"
Edwin Ushiro's "At Night, Lights Fell and Loved Ones Returned Home" opens on March 24th in the project room of New York's Sloan Fine Art. Also keep an eye on Roq la Rue this September for a two-man show with Edwin and Yoskay Yamamoto.
"Rediscovery of the Infinite Stars Inside the Shell"