ABOUT: Yasue Maetake’s abstract sculptures include large-scale, sci-fi-inflected forms made of industrial steel, resin, and wood; handmade-paper constructions that extend like wind-flexed sails, defying gravity; and diminutive, zoological objects. The work also conjures associations ranging from industrial waste to natural growth, representing the artistic production as life-cycle itseltf. She attemps a strategies of speculative and imaginary engineering in the visual arts as a means of decentering anthropocentrism,
BIO: Yasue Maetake is a mixed-media sculptor and installation artist living and working in Queensn NY. She has exhibited internationally at venues including: Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Harris Lieberman, New York; Espacio 1414, The Berezdivin Collection, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Queens Art Museum, Queens, NY; and Fredric Snitzer, Miami, FL; as well as The Chimney, Brooklyn and False Flag Project. Maetake has received The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) 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: The New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, FlashArt, Time Out NY, Artsy and others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University, New York, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Fine Art Department at SUNY FIT. She is originally from Tokyo, Japan.