SUMMER WHEAT + HIROSUKE YABE
Summer Wheat, Hirosuke Yabe, Matthew Bennett Laurents
SEPTEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 21, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION SEPTEMBER 27 FROM 6-9PM
Wasserman Projects is pleased to present an exciting line up of exhibitions this Fall. The featured artists in the exhibition include Brooklyn, New York-based Summer Wheat and Yokohama, Japan-based Hirosuke Yabe.
Wheat’s narrative works are inspired by the individual and collective human experience presented in highly textured paintings, drawings, and functional sculptures. This entirely new body of work was created specifically for Detroit and captures the full spectrum of her formal approaches. The collection is unified by the depiction of her female figures, coins, and piggy banks, all intertwined in an elaborate narrative full of excess and consumption.
Similarly inspired by human condition, Yabe will unveil his largest exhibition ever presented in the U.S. Through the Japanese hatching technique, Natabori, Yabe has created a large scale, site-specific environment filled with a series of his figurative wood carvings. Produced from locally salvaged and reclaimed wood, Yabe embraces the aesthetics of traditional craft while speaking to our current political and social landscape. The deliberate, rough marks in his works serve as a metaphor for the beautiful yet flawed human condition.
Also on view is Portland, Oregon-based artist Matthew Bennett Laurents who will be showing his ongoing series of hand-built ceramic vessels grouped in seven vignettes – curated by Butter Projects. Bennett Laurents’ functional wares feature sculpted faces that draw on the history of craft and ritual, while simultaneously exploring the potential of objects as vessels for spiritual and emotional energy.
The opening reception is free and open to the public and will take place on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 6-9pm. Come out to see the work and meet the artists! Exhibition on view through December 21, 2019.