Press Release

Superchief Gallery Presents YU MAEDA "Something Ambiguous" at SOHO Location

Something Ambiguous
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 6th, 6-9PM
Exhibition On View through May 30th, 2021
99 Spring Street | New York, NY 10012
Visiting Hours: Thursday — Sunday, 12-6pm
New York, NY – Superchief Gallery proudly presents Something Ambiguous, a solo exhibition of paintings and sculptural work by Japanese artist Ya Maeda opening on Thursday, May 6, 2021. This show, which serves as his second outing with the gallery, speaks to the artist’s desire to create through intuitive means, leaving behind something cryptic, indeterminate, and unidentifiable.
Pulling from his Japanese cultural heritage and principles of Buddhism, Shintoism, and Animism, Maeda immerses viewers within a vibrant yet nebulous realm of mandalas, free-floating light bulbs, and metamorphosising abstractions.
Infused with psychedelic and folk art motifs, the artist cites his lived experiences in America and his home country as equal influences, and while concurrently finding strength in the Western ideals of individualism and traditional Japanese principles of social unity, he shuns the concept of nationalism.
However his artistic practice never becomes overtly political. Maeda embraces altered states of consciousness over any concrete reality, deconstructing each of his subjects into an ecosystem of geometric shapes and patterns, governed by striking color-schemes and mediative optics. Maeda deliberates over each work as a sum of its parts, grappling larger conversations about reconnection with the natural world, and how to achieve balance through heightened awareness of the individual parts that comprise a cohesive whole.
All Images Courtesy of Superchief Gallery
Born in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan in 1984. Graduated from Kyoto Seika University Department of Design. As a freelancer, he creates advertising animations such as Commercials and Music Videos.Moved to Southern California and started painting in 2013. His articles has appeared in art magazines such as Hi-Fructose and Juxtapoz magazines. First solo exhibition in Superchief Gallery LA in 2019. Returned to Japan in 2020.Solo exhibitions in Superchief Gallery in NY and Fomo Gallery in Taiwan in 2021.
Superchief Gallery is an independent artist-run gallery with permanent large scale warehouse locations in New York City & Downtown LA, founded in 2012 by Edward Zipco & Bill Dunleavy in Brooklyn, NY. Superchief has a history of supporting artists from disparate scenes & collectives, enabling them to participate in the larger community. As a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary platform, Superchief Gallery is an extension of the cultural landscape in its most raw and honest form.
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