Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Ku / Yuriko Yamaguchi

May 9 - June 13, 2009

Opening Reception For the Artist:
Saturday, May 9th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Seasons of Change, 2009 (detail). Resin, stainless steel wire, brass wire, copper wire, monofilament.

Adamson Gallery is pleased to present Ku, an exhibition of new work by Virginia-based artist Yuriko Yamaguchi. The word "ku" in Japanese has an ambiguous meaning. Most literally, it translates to 'sky' or 'space' but embodies both the emptiness and fullness of those things. Yamaguchi works with wire, cast resin and other unconventional materials to create striking sculptural pieces that are larger than life and appear to their viewers as miracles of construction-minuscule elements are held in place by tiny wires which are twisted to form remarkable sculptures, transforming the space of the gallery.

The installations are compelling in that they embody a series of paradoxes: organic and synthetic, ethereal and bodily, fabricated and evolved. Perhaps the closest analogy for her work is the figure of the cyborg, which is simultaneously exactly as and nothing like human.

Bubble in Light, 2009. Cast resin, stainless steel wire, lights.

Yuriko Yamaguchi was born in Osaka, Japan but has lived and worked in the United States since the early 1970s. Her work has been exhibited all over the world and has been collected by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the National Museum of American Art. She is also on the faculty of the Studio Art program at George Washington University.

Adamson Gallery
1515 fourteenth street nw
washington dc / 20005

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