Sono Osato continues to weave found objects, emotion, and memory into her richly layered encaustic paintings, assemblages, and sculptures. Meridel Rubenstein's exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of innovative photo-based work over the past twenty-five years.
Sono Osato and Meridel Rubenstein
Angels in Dust
New York artist, Sono Osato, opens an exhibition of new work at Brian Gross Fine Art on Thursday, March 24, with a reception for the artist from 5:30 - 7:30pm. In her third show at Brian Gross Fine Art, Osato continues to weave found objects, emotion, and memory into her richly layered encaustic paintings, assemblages, and sculptures.
In this exhibition, Osato expands on her signature technique of creating densely textural and layered surfaces by painting with oil and wax. In Meena, a large-scale painted diptych, Osato intuitively embeds text in the form of reclaimed objects that impart a palpable physicality to her gritty and powerful compositions. Osato further uses reclaimed objects in Asma, a complex wall sculpture composed of bedsprings, bones, and typewriter keys. The interwoven threads allude to a mystic language, yet it remains encrypted and buried among the maze of wires. Osato will also include several assemblages from her Cipher Series, which again use recovered computer and typewriter parts, metal, wood, and bone. Much like her paintings, these constructions resonate with textural references that produce richly detailed works laden with meaning.
A long time Bay Area resident, Sono Osato was born in Baden Baden, Germany, in 1960. She received her BFA from Arizona State University, Tempe and her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland. Osato's work has been featured in exhibitions at the San Jose State University Thompson Gallery; the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art; The Oakland Museum; the Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, and most recently the DUMBO Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York. She was a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1989 and in 1999. She currently lives and works in New York City.
Belonging: Selected Works
Meridel Rubenstein opens the exhibition, Belonging: Selected Work at Brian Gross Fine Art on Thursday, March 24, with a reception for the artist from 5:30 - 7:30pm. This exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of Rubenstein's innovative photo-based work over the past twenty-five years.
In her fourth exhibition at Brian Gross Fine Art, Meridel Rubenstein will show selected images from five distinct, yet interrelated projects: Low Riders (1980-81), An Extended Landscape (1981-85), Critical Mass (1989-93), Millennial Forest (2000-01), and Trees at Sea (1999-2004). Throughout her career, Rubenstein has explored political, mythical, historical, and spiritual themes in photography and mixed media. Rubenstein's ongoing dialogue with "Belonging" - where and to whom one belongs - is articulated in her haunting imagery and disparate materials.
Always a technical innovator in photographic imagery, Rubenstein's media includes multi-print photo collages mounted on shaped metal frames, photo transfers on glass, mixed media sculptures, and digital prints on vellum and mica-coated tree bark paper in addition to the more traditional palladium and cibachrome prints.
In 2004, a major monograph by Meridel Rubenstein entitled Belonging: Los Alamos to Vietnam, Photoworks and Installations, was published by St. Ann's Press, Los Angeles. The 192-page book is organized into eight projects with 140 masterfully produced plates and important contributions from James Crump, Lucy R. Lippard, Elaine Scarry, Rebecca Solnit, and Terry Tempest Williams. The book and a limited edition with a signed and numbered print of Millennial Forest will be available from the gallery.
Rubenstein was born in Detroit, MI in 1948. She received an MA and MFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Currently, she is the Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her work has been the focus of numerous gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the United States including Site Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, the List Center for Visual Arts, MIT, Boston, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. She currently maintains studios in New Mexico and Vermont.
Image: Sono Osato, Asma, 2005, Bedsprings, bones and typewriter keys, 41 x 26 inches
Reception: Thursday, March 24, 5:30-7:30pm
Brian Gross Fine Art
49 Geary Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:30-5:30, Saturday 11-5