Sunday, March 17th, 2013· 50 Lispenard St, New York, NY 10013
CoWorker Projects is pleased to present video screening by Yasue Maetake. The two videos in this screening, shown in a loop, are meditations on materiality from the perspective of a sculptor.
An actress stands in as a surrogate for artist Yasue Maetake, traversing poles of creation and reflection in these mythologically-informed, quasi-narrative pieces. What emerges is the artist's attunement to texture and specific sense of time and cinematography. In Clinical Legend (2009, 5 min. 37 sec.), two actors symbolize an iconic masculine/ feminine duality. The incidental beauty and connection in their exchange, literalized as they converse over the anachronistic act of sword smithing, is Maetake's subject- a play of union and beauty between two poles of energy which begets material movement and creation. Homo-apparatus (2012, 5 min. 44 sec.) entertains a different theory of material, where the actress from the first work is the encompassing character. She channels and enlarges a drawing of fish and water, sculpts her own likeness, Janus-head like, onto an inanimate body, and manipulates a steel object as curious insects walking on it intersect with her fingers. This figure enacts the fusion of the two genders as well as of human life with material creation and decreation. Maetake's subject here is a model of remolding and living continuously with the material of the world. Yasue Maetake works in a variety of media including sculpture, video and 2-dimensional work. She lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens.