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Meena (detail), 2005
87x73 inches (diptych)
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 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 tapestry 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.