Among the five emerging photographers that gallerist Martha Schneider has brought together in her never-ending quest for fresh talent, Chinese color portraitist Jiang Yiming takes the palm for his series depicting kindergarteners posing as who they want to be when they grow up. Shot against a traditional Chinese watercolor painting of a soft autumn landscape, Yiming’s subjects pop out in brightly sharp-edged graphic relief, each one of them in full professional dress and all of them evincing intense seriousness about their performances. A little sailor boy stands at stoical attention, cradling a toy rifle in his arms; a budding young artist holding a brush and a smeared palette, and decked out in a paint-spattered shirt and jeans stares at the camera earnestly; a prospective musician in tie and tails, with his eyes shut, has fallen into a pained trance as he strokes a violin; and a little girl in a shiny red jacket vogues with determined insouciance. Little do they know what lies ahead. (Michael Weinstein)
Through September 11 at Schneider Gallery, 230 West Superior
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