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Slag Gallery is pleased to present Utopia, a solo exhibition by Japanese artist, Yumiko Ono.
In this exhibition, Ono’s first solo show at the gallery, the artist continues her exploration of utopian architecture. Ono's view on Japan, her native country, as a place suspended between East and West, is reflected in the work she creates.
With a national preference for the formal, ritual, and societal standardizations, Japan and the former Eastern Socialist states exhibit similarities in both societal norms as well as architecture.
The work Utopia, inspired by Soviet architecture was produced at the Imperial Porcelain Factory in Saint Petersburg. The installation consists of 196 pieces of
abstract objects, each with the same weight of 181g (0.39lb). Ono created 196 different objects each as a symbol of every country in the world. By making all
the objects of equal weight, Ono recreates a world in which the power is equally distributed to all its constituents.
The drawings of the series, Pavilion, as well as the porcelain series, Pan-City, are influenced by Brutalist architecture in the USA. By utilizing elements from
both the East and the West, Ono attempts to create a place where spatial and temporal indicators are fused "nowhere".
About the artist, Yumiko Ono:
Yumiko Ono received an MFA from the Ceramic Department, Stieglitz State
Academy of Art and Design, St. Petersburg, Russia, an MFA from the Intermedia Department, Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague, Czech Republic, and a BA, Painting Department, Faculty of Arts, Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan. Ono
was the recipient of a multitude of awards among which the Russian Government Scholarship (2015-2018), Israeli Government Scholarship (2010-2011), Czech Government Scholarship (2008-2010), Japanese Government Young Artists Oversea Program (2007-2008), Hungarian Government Scholarship (2005-2007) just to name a few.
Ono's work has been exhibited extensively including at "CAF Award Finalists Show",
Hillside Forum (Tokyo, Japan),"The Artists of the Year 2018", Gallery 301 (Kobe, Japan), Osnova Gallery (Moscow, Russia), BankART1929, Yokohama,
JP(2018), “Artists’ House Gallery 301 due, Kobe, JP (2018)” “grids*, “UNSTATED” at Coburn Projects, New York, USA (2018) “Always First Demolition” at Dispersed Holdings, New York, USA (2018), “Collaboration” at Gallery Tunnel, Moscow, RU (2017), “Maid of Mist” at Church Street, New York,
USA (2017) International Festival “Space of FIre”, “Glass and Ceramics in landscape” Elagin island, Saint Petersburg, “Spring 2017” at Exhibition Center of
St. Petersburg Union of Artists, Saint Petersburg, RU (2017), “Paper Empire*” at 2,04 Gallery, Saint Petersburg, RU (2016) “Taehwa River Eco Art Festival”, Ulsan, South Korea (2015), “Paradice Reopening” at Paradise, Incheong, South
Korea (2015), “May Fly II”at Alternative Space Loop, South Korea (2015) “International Gyeonggi Ansan Art Fair, Ansan, South Korea (2015)
“Transition”at Gallery Y, Minsk, Belarus (2014).
About Slag Gallery:
Slag Gallery is committed to present work by emerging artists and to support and sustainably nourish their careers. With this at its’ core, the gallery’s efforts concentrate on local and international exposure of works by artists in its’ roster, by providing the cultural exchange with art institutions and organizations,
publishing catalogs, collaborating with other galleries, and participating in Art Fairs.
The artists of Slag Gallery have been included in a number of internationally recognized exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale (2001), the Istanbul
Biennale (2011), Prague Biennial (2011), along with exhibitions at museums and institutions such as PS1 in New York; The Drawing Center, NY; Brooklyn
Museum, NY; Marina Abramović Institute, San Francisco; Kunsthalle Budapest (Mucsarnok); MODEM Modern and Contemporary Art Center, Debrecen;
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; MKM Museum Kuppersmühle, Duisburg; Kultur Fabrik, Luxembourg; Brukental Museum, Sibiu;
The Museum of New Art, Detroit; NJMoCA; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; Queens Museum of Art, NY; Birmingham Museum of Art: Boulder
MoCA; the Islip Museum of Art, NY; Marfa Contemporary, TX; Kunsthaus Worms, GE; Kunstverein Viernheim, GE.
Slag Gallery was inaugurated in June 2008 in Chelsea, NY, and in 2012 the
gallery moved to Bushwick.
Artist: Yumiko Ono
Address: Slag Gallery, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Dates: June 28 - July 28, 2019
Opening Hours: Thursday - Sunday 1-6PM
Monday - Wednesday by appointment
For press information and images please contact:
Irina Protopopescu at Slag Gallery
Tel: +1 212-967-9818