Ogata — one of Fresno’s great talents — calls his new show “Haiku.” The photo above doesn’t do the works in this series justice. There’s an intense, dimensional feeling of depth to these minimalist works done in chalk and acrylic, and it’s easy to let your eyes almost swim in them, especially when you get up close. I love the moody color schemes, the sense of line and movement, the way that the elongated shadows seem to stretch to impossible proportions. If you were to inspect an inventory of the actual elements of these works — the lack of strong colors, the large amounts of open space, the near-organic forms (are they flowers? dragonflies?) in heavy silhouette — you’d think the whole experience would be somber. But the works come across as brisk, lively, light. They’re enveloping.
The artist’s reception at Fig Tree Gallery for the show will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the gallery, 644 Van Ness Ave.