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Each of the ceramic pots, bowls, and vases in Shio Kusaka’s 2014 Biennial installation rewards close looking. While the artist’s work maintains intimate ties to the traditional field of pottery, every vessel reveals unique touches, such as subtle imperfections and idiosyncratic surface marks. In previous series, these marks took the form of grids, dots, chevrons, and parallel lines that engaged with the history of modern abstract painting. In the works included in the Biennial, Kusaka expands on her vocabulary, exploring expressive marks and saturated colors, as well as playful representations of dinosaurs.
Individually, each sculpture is a distinct, independent work of art, yet the collective arrays of shapes and colors that comprise her installations become something else entirely, producing a meditative landscape evoking the rhythms of language or song.
Shio Kusaka’s work is on view in the Museum’s fourth floor galleries.
Academy Records and Matt Hanner
Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna
Paravel, and Sensory Ethnography Lab
Critical Practices Inc.
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Gaylen Gerber with David Hammons,
Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu
Tony Greene curated by Richard
Hawkins and Catherine Opie
Yve Laris Cohen
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon
and Alexandro Segade)
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott
Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan
Charline von Heyl
David Foster Wallace