ABOUT: Yasue Maetake’s 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 influences that suggest associations with Baroque Era dynamism, along with Sci-Fi inflections of natural forms, including many involving animated matter, and industrial constructions. Maetake strives to open new paradigms, ever extending the effects of time which captures mystifyingly infinite possibilities of form as well as their potential adaptability to unpredictable future technologies and nature.

BIO: Yasue Maetake is a 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. 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. In 2019, she participate in the exhibition curated by Heist Gallery, London in conjunction with 58th Venice Biennale. She earned her MFA from Columbia University, New York. She lives and work in New York, Queens and originally from Tokyo, Japan.

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