Kobayashi’s work begins with movement; curved lines sweeping across the canvas, intersecting with color plains, flat surfaces and hard edge pigmented segments. Kobayashi states these works are a hodge podge of different approaches that he has had in the past. He is searching for a different source; essentially re-exploring his language. In Overpass, 2020 the lines are prevalent and looping around, in other works the line becomes more about shape. His palette has continued to intensify, and the pigment pops against the bright colored ground. He is currently utilizing transparent glazes on top of flat colors rendered in thick strokes, a practice he began during his recent residency with A+B Gallery in Italy.
Donté Hayes carves and incises. Skilled as a print maker, his steady hand is evident in the brilliantly articulated surfaces of his elegant sculptures. Informed by history and the future Haye’s states: “Through the influence of hip-hop, history, and science fiction, my artwork explores themes in Afrofuturism, a projected vision of an imagined future which critiques the historical and cultural events of the African Diaspora and the distinct black experience of the Middle Passage.” Hayes’ work brings to mind a myriad of references: among them tribal imagery, and the female figure. Inventively modulated, these complex yet minimalistic forms have a powerful presence.
Alina Birkner, Osamu Kobayashi and Donté Hayes are three completely unique and competent artists, challenging the possibilities of abstraction with a focus on line and the infinite possibilities of gesture and form.