Hidenori Ishii’s recent work explores the destruction at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan in 2011. These dreamlike compositions posit a series of meditations on what utopia might be possible after nuclear collapse and how beauty might persist as landscape turns mutant.

The works on view feature the artist’s signature use of synthetic resin Kuricoat C-720, a neon-green substance sprayed at Fukushima Daiichi after the reactor meltdown in an effort to resist the airborne spread of radiation.

The painted surfaces have a slick and sensuous quality, inviting the viewer into an improbable hybrid environment. The reflective pool depicted in Nostalgia VII and Nostalgia VIII suggest a flow of hazardous material which might nourish or poison its surroundings. Ishii describes these paintings as a response to Monet’s water lilies: examinations of how space shimmers between surface and reflection, between visible and invisible.

Ishii is a graduate of the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Joan Mitchell MFA Fellowship Nominee.