Artist and educator Sheila Pepe sits down with Yasue Maetake, Mary Mattingly, Abigail DeVille, and Lisi Raskin for a conversation on contemporary sculpture. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Jennifer Soong.
An artist and educator based in Brooklyn who has exhibited internationally for over 25 years. Her museum exhibitions include Greater New York, P.S.1 /MoMA, Artisterium, Republic of Georgia, ARTInRETI–Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy; Fiber: Sculpture 1960– Present, ICA/Boston, and We Have Never Participated: The 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, OCAT, China. Her mid-career survey, Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism traveled to the DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Everson Museum of Art, and the Bemis Center for the Arts. Her work has been widely anthologized in books and scholarly volumes.
A Tokyo-born artist living and working in New York, Yasue Maetake’s work has been exhibited extensively in the US and abroad including at Galerie Fons Welters, Harris Lieberman, Espacio 1414, The Berezdivin Collection, Queens Art Museum, and Fredric Snitzer, among others. Maetake’s work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, Art in America, FlashArt, and others. Maetake was recently named one of “20 International Women Advancing the Field of Sculpture” by Artsy. In summer 2021, Maetake’s work will be featured in Sculpture Magazine. Maetake was a recipient of a NYFA Fellowship in Sculpture and an artist-in-residence in the studio of El Anatsui in Ghana. Maetake’s solo exhibition Transmutations is currently on view at Microscope Gallery until March 14, 2021.
A sculptor and photographer based in New York City, Mary Mattingly founded a floating food forest in New York called Swale and recently completed a performative sculpture Pull with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de la Habana and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Mattingly’s work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography; the Seoul Art Center; the Brooklyn Museum; among others. Her work has been featured in Aperture, Art in America, Artforum, Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, Le Monde, New Yorker, and Art21. Her work has been included in books such as the Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art series titled Nature, Henry Sayre’s A World of Art, and Climate Realism: The Aesthetics of Weather and Atmosphere in the Anthropocene by Amanda Boetzkes.
Maintaining a long-standing interest in marginalized people and places, DeVille creates site-specific immersive installations designed to bring attention to these forgotten stories. DeVille often works with objects and materials sourced from the area surrounding the exhibition site. Collected objects are essential to her installations, DeVille’s priority is the stories her installations can tell. Her most recent exhibitions include Light of Freedom, Madison Square Park Conservancy, and The American Future PICA. DeVille has received the United States Artists Fellowship, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, Rauschenberg Artists in Residency, Chuck Close Henry W and Marion T Mitchell Rome Prize, and many others. DeVille was born in 1981 in New York, where she lives and works.
Lisi Raskin’s creative and curricular practices are laboratories for building bridges between politicized subject matter, queer ontologies, utopian architecture, abstraction, collaborative making, non-hierarchical interventions into normative systems of power, and engaged pedagogy. These laboratories support the making of paintings, drawings, objects, videos, animations, and large, constructed environments that house pedagogical, performative, and socially engaged programming. Raskin is a member of the rock band Peebls. With this group, Raskin loved, laughed, learned, cooked, and ate while co-authoring a demo album of intersectional propaganda for children of all ages. Raskin is working on a book about engaged and inclusive pedagogy. They are the Department Head of Sculpture at RISD.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and
we’re fortunate to have
The author of Near, At (Futurepoem 2019). Her second collection of poetry Suede Mantis / Soft Rage is forthcoming with Black Sun Lit in 2022. Her poems have been published in Brooklyn Rail, Social Text, Berkeley Poetry Review, Earthbound Press, and Blazing Stadium, among other places. She is also an English doctoral candidate at Princeton University, where she is completing her dissertation/book project Poetic Forgetting.
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