Affirmative action

By GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008

Jill Bliss of Portland, Oregon, makes bright, cute ink drawings that depict little dream houses perched in trees. Bryan Nash Gill of Connecticut creates a minimalist pattern of black-and-white rainbows in his woodblock print. Tokyo painter Kana Ito presents a pair of alluringly soft, sweet, moody works. Fall looks like a pair of red hens on a gold field, sprinkled with polka dots; Winter shows a pair of milky white trees along a meandering blue river with a flurry of blue, white, and green polka dots (snow?) floating in the air. What these works have in common is that they’re all bright, poppy, patterned, and quite charming.

If you go to YES, be sure to wander a few doors down Water Street to William Schaff’s studio. He’s filled the storefront’s bay windows with one of his papercuts depicting dogs and birds, as well as a curious collection of bones and coins and crucifixes. Coming upon it feels like a discovery.

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