AIKO HACHISUKA | 195 CHRYSTIE | APRIL 12 - MAY 17, 2015
OPENING APRIL 12, 6 - 8 PM
Eleven Rivington is delighted to present Aiko Hachisuka’s second solo show with the gallery, on view from April 12 – May 17, 2015, at 195 Chrystie Street. The exhibition will present recent, cylindrically shaped, abstract sculptures and a series of new unique works on paper.
Aiko Hachisuka has developed her distinctive soft sculptures – made with found clothing and silkscreened in varying colors – most noticeably by experimenting with height. The variety of size invites disparate readings, evoking architecture, the figure, and the vessel. The primary structure in each new sculpture is a cylinder-like column with a clear delineation between an abstract mass, on top, and a base. The lower portion of each work is exposed at the bottom, leaving a dynamic line created by the edges of the clothing that previously would have been tucked under and inside of each interior chamber. The underlying structure plays a more active role in the new work, becoming a ground for the clothing elements to be built onto and also acting as a backdrop for the elements that float in space. In addition to height and structure, Hachisuka also varies her use of standard platforms and sculpture bases. Several freestanding pieces stand in the same space as the viewer; here, the exposed under-structure serves as the pedestal, while the pieces that sit on pedestals relate differently to the floor. Hachisuka’s play on the ideas of top and bottom extends to her new monotypes, made from imprints of clothing and chromatically bisected into sections.
Aiko Hachisuka was born in 1974 in Nagoya, Japan, and was educated at CalArts, CA (MFA) and The Ringling School of Art & Design, FL (BFA). Solo and group exhibitions include Eleven Rivington, NY; 7 Sculptors at Brennan & Griffin, NY; Tables & Chairs at D’Amelio Terras, NY; Core 2002 at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Snapshot: New Art from Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum, LA (traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami). Hachisuka’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Frieze, Flash Art, TAR, and LA Weekly, among others. Her work is included in The Rachofsky Collection and The Francis J. Greenburger Collection, among others. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
SARAH PETERS | 11 RIVINGTON | APRIL 12 - MAY 17, 2015
OPENING APRIL 12, 6 - 8 PM
Eleven Rivington is pleased to present new work by Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Peters, on view from April 12 – May 17, 2015. The show will present five sculptures: representational bronze heads arranged in the gallery’s 11 Rivington Street location. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition in New York and her first with the gallery.
In her sculptures, Sarah Peters questions and subverts ancient, classical, and symbolic figuration and their permutations over different styles and periods, from Greco-Roman portraiture to American Neo-Classicism, and from Auguste Rodin and Elie Nadelman to Marisol. The exhibition will feature close to life-size bronze heads of two bearded men, two women with mouths open, and a child with cutout eyes. Peters observes how, over time, fervent emulation of styles – whether cultural, religious, or art historical – develops to what she refers to as “the pleasure of contemporary misinterpretation”: scale and proportions are tweaked, references are extended and sublimated, and meanings are twisted and obscured. The artist further states: “These works are about mistranslating the history of ancient objects. As an American, I can’t truly understand the cultural context of the objects I love so much from books and museums. I see their human qualities rather than their place in world history. These objects have a visual echo in the contemporary world. For example, the open mouths of sex dolls resemble Greek dramatic masks. However the meanings have changed or become oblique signifiers.” Peters’ bronze heads offer a personal and intuitive reconstitution of human visages whose appearance remains mostly constant, but whose interpretations are fluid and ever shifting.
Sarah Peters (b. 1973) was educated at Virginia Commonwealth University (MFA), The University of Pennsylvania (BFA), and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Certificate) and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Solo and two-person exhibitions include Bodyrite (with Mira Dancy) at Asya Geisberg, NY; Edward Winkleman Gallery, NY; and John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, among others. The artist is a recipient of awards and residencies from John Michael Kohler, WI; New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), NY; The Fine Arts Work Center, Providence, RI; and The Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, NY. Her work has been reviewed and featured in The New York Times; L Magazine, and Artforum.com, among others.