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November 29th, 2023

Yasue Maetake: “Three-Legged Idols”

Dec. 4th, 2023-Jan. 6th, 2023

Tokyo-born artist uses sculpture to fuse artmaking traditions with futuristic aesthetics. Her approach to art hinges on her appreciation of liminal spaces, connecting her physical creations with spirituality. Often, her works, crafted with animal bones, seashells, coral, resin, metal, and glass, hint at a speculative future in which humans return to a closer relationship with nature. Still, her sculptures pay homage to the resilience of tradition over time and the rich history of human creation.

For “Three-Legged Idols,” Maetake presents 32 sculptures, each reflecting her fascination with the tripod form. The show traces the evolution of the design of tripods, from ancient civilizations who used them as decorative trophies to their modern-day applications in devices like telescopes and cameras. In works such as Foundry Abyss (2022) and Gladiator (2023), Maetake draws inspiration from myth and adds her own idiosyncratic decorations.

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  • Yasue Maetake, Nina Johnson, Miami, New York, Sculpture, Tokyo
    Foundry Abyss, 2022, Metallic oil paint on found tree branches, casted aluminum, aluminum on steel wire, verdigris, brass, copper, and epoxy resin, 35.5 x 11 x 11.5 in.