Art Viewer: Asuka Anastacia Ogawa and Maria Guzmán Capron

October 18, 2018

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Asuka Anastacia Ogawa and Maria Guzmán Capron at Deli Gallery, Brooklyn

Deli Gallery presents Don’t  Eat Me, a two-person exhibition with Asuka Anastacia Ogawa and Maria Guzmán Capron playfully exploring hybrid identities, family lineage, and intimate exchanges. The exhibition is Capron’s and Ogawa’s first in New York City and the inaugural exhibition of Deli Gallery’s new Brooklyn location.

Asuka Anastacia Ogawa’s practice materializes through stories and experiences shared with family, friends, and accomplice species. While the figures in Ogawa’s paintings embody a uniform style and gaze, they are each unique as portrayed in shifts of environment and gesture. These scenes balance ebullience with circumspection and offer their subjects’ moods as both affectionate and restless.

Ogawa’s paintings can be described as moving between inward and outward expression, however Capron’s sculptures take an alternative route to their language. In this body of work made for Don’t Eat Me,  Capron crafted a group of gender-fluid humanoids; expressive objects captured in a moment in which they reveal themselves. Directly addressing her multicultural background, the sculptures are made up of many disparate patterns and colors seeking to build an unapologetic space for hybrid identities. The miniature works, born out of intuition in a place lead by touch and feeling, reference the monumental to poke fun at it, and create a space in which mismatched fabric, stuffing, and wire can become anything.

Asuka Anastacia Ogawa (b. 1988, Japan) is a Brazilian and Japanese artist who grew up in Tokyo, Petropolis, and Stockholm. The artist studied at Central Saint Martins in London, and graduated in 2015 with a BFA. Her first solo show in the United States was at Henry Taylor’s in 2017, and she is concurrently exhibiting in the group show Early  21st Century Art at Almine Rech Gallery, London.

Maria Guzmán Capron (b. 1981 in Milan, Italy to Colombian and Peruvian parents) lives and works in Berkeley, CA. She received her BFA from the University of Houston in 2004, an MFA from California College of the Arts (CCA) in 2015. Her recent exhibition include Able Baker Contemporary in Portland, ME; BBQLA in Los Angeles, CA; Interface Gallery in Oakland, CA; Alter Space in San Francisco, CA; 100% Gallery in San Francisco, CA; Minnesota Street Projects, in San Francisco, CA; and a solo exhibition at R/SF Projects in San Francisco, CA.

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