Art: Painter in Paper

The paintings on view at Manhattan's Downtown Gallery last week seemed to be composed of gossamer and mist. Their surfaces looked as if they could be disarranged by a breath. But paradoxically it is this look of fragility that gives the work of Honolulu Artist Tseng Yu-ho its subtle strength.

The colors are soft, as if from a filtered rainbow; but they are not anemic. The images are often hazy, but this makes them all the more suggestive. The shredded and flat pieces of paper that the artist uses are among the most perishable of materials; but that only adds to...

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