Yumiko Glover

Yumiko Glover

Yumiko Glover left Japan as young college graduate and never went back.

Yumiko Glover left Japan as young college graduate and never went back. After working in business and as a simultaneous translator, she settled in Hawaii, trained as a painter, married an American, and began her second career. Moe: Elements of the Floating World is her first solo show, one that will nicely overlap with SAAM’s Japanese Neo-Pop show by the artist known as Mr. (opening Nov. 22). Glover, by virtue of her sex, wouldn’t receive such acceptance in the Japanese academy; like other educated, independent women, she’s found more freedom outside her homeland. Her bright acrylic paintings look back uneasily on a native culture saturated with anime imagery, sex, video games, schoolgirl fetishes, naive folklore, and the whole kawaii industry. (Moe is a slang shorthand for idealized youth and femininity, where the creepy meets the innocent—usually from a male perspective.) There are gestures toward the languorous old “Floating World” of the Edo period, but they’re mostly overlaid with tokens of the present: cellphone bangles, Sega video-game creatures, jet liners, and nighttime cityscapes. The orb-eyed cuties and too-short plaid skirts are all familiar from manga, only they feel wrenched out of context. Glover’s frames are crowded, not settled, with some areas of the canvas even degrading into pixels—as if the source code has been corrupted. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 521

S. Main St., 459-6857, bryanohno.com. Free. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat. Continues through December.


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