RESOBOX is pleased to announce its launch of new gallery program named RESO203 with the exhibition INHERENT — A Solo Presentation of Works by Yasue Maetake. mh PROJECT nyc simultaneously presents this inaugural exhibition to support innovative developments to art in collaboration with the artist.
Maetake is known primarily for her sculpture and installations; central to this exhibit, INHERENT will be a series of her new bas-reliefs, which will cover the walls and ceilings of the gallery as compositional elements. Maetake calls this series, “Printed Oxidation on Fiber Relief,” which showcases unusual methods that produce bright, textured wall pieces created from transformed handmade papers by exposing them to metal corrosion, thus producing expressive hues of turquoise and reddish-brown residues. The synergy between the objects and exhibition space direct the viewer’s focus to both the artwork and architecture through emphasizing the artist’s distinctive materials.
Installed on the ceiling and continuing down the walls, one of her pieces consists of a very light steel-frame within layers of the fibers. By purposely using these concrete objects, Maetake expresses a material’s physical presence in flux as it changes from one expression to another in its spatial aspects so that it withstands being captured by the viewer’s gaze. Maetake conjures various associations ranging from natural to industrial imagery and architecture: an implication metaphorically representing the artistic production life-cycle itself, translated into a statement of political and ecological configurations to be contrasted with images of our fast-paced modern life. All of these transient qualities in Maetake’s work suggest that the effects of time on artworks and human creation are explored as vital components of organic, natural processes.
Check out the artist talk event happening Tuesday, November 13, 2018 here.
RESO203 was initiated by RESOBOX that has been a constant station featuring Japanese artifacts by various artists, regardless of nationality, to disseminate the culture and philosophy of Japan. RESO203 was made in order to better nourish its cultural heritage and contemporary art multidisciplinary by active and hands-on artists in a variety of media, as well as introducing a wide range of projects by independent curators.
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About the Artist
Maetake’s work has been exhibited extensively in the US and abroad at venues including: Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, Netherlands; New York; Espacio 1414, The Berezdivin Collection, Puerto Rico; Queens Art Museum, Queens, NY; and Fredric Snitzer, Miami, FL; as well as The Chimney, Brooklyn. Maetake has received The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture and has been a resident artist in the studio of El Anatsui in Ghana with a research grant from the Agency for Japanese Cultural Affairs. Maetake’s work has been reviewed in publications that include: Artforum, The New York Times, Art in America, FlashArt, Time Out NY, Artsy and others. She was a Featured Artist to give a presentation along Posthuman Aesthetic research at 3rd Posthuman Global Symposium at NYU held by the Philosophy Department. She earned her MFA from Columbia University, and is an adjunct faculty of the Fine Art Department at FIT. She currently lives and works in Queens, NY. She is originally from Tokyo, Japan.