ABOUT: Yasue Maetake is a Japanese-born, New York-based artist whose primary practice includes large-scale sculptures that transform materials in maximally expansive ways using methods such as welding, burnishing and/or casting. As part of the entire process, she also extends her process to the installation space itself where she frequently creates the feeling of defying gravity. She employs a wide variety of materials and influences that suggest associations with Baroque Era dynamism, along with futuristic natural forms, including many involving animated matter, and industrial constructions. Maetake strives to open new paradigms, ever extending the mysterious effects of time which captures mystifyingly infinite possibilities of form as well as their potential adaptability to unpredictable future technologies.

BIO: Yasue Maetake is a Japanese-born New York-based mixed-media sculptor and installation artist living and working in Queens 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. In 2018, Artsy named Maetake one of 20 female artists advancing the field of sculpture. In 2019, her work has exhibited at the collateral exhibition at 58th Venice Biennale organized by London-based Hesit Gallery. She earned her MFA from Columbia University, New York and is currently an adjunct faculty at Fine Art Dept., SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.

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