Tayloe Piggott Gallery is pleased to present “nature constructed,” an exhibition featuring the recent paper, cotton and wood constructions of New York-based artist Rakuko Naito. The works will be on view from February 10th, 2011 through March 27th, 2012. On Thursday, February 10th, from 5 to 8 p.m., Tayloe Piggott Gallery will hold an opening reception for Naito’s exhibition. The public is welcome to enjoy drinks while mingling amongst the new works of Rakuko’s first solo show at the Tayloe Piggott Gallery. Fellow artist, Mari Andrews, will simultaneously hold her second solo show at the gallery.
Nature is a sublime engineer. She is both mathematician and inventor. So too is Rakuko Naito. Her simple yet rarified arrangements of ordinary materials are painstakingly built through procedural tasks that transform her sheets paper or strips of wood into elegantly formed and seemingly very rational systems. Yet as in nature it is the nuances of her materials that catch the eye: the ever so slightly burnt edge of paper to suggest color, the subtle twist on the end of a ball of cotton to suggest growth or the jagged fold of paper that implies movement.
For the past decade Naito has been hard at work on delicate, monochromatic assemblies of materials. Born out of a conceptual predilection for planning, order and structure, Naito has found for herself a shared spirit with the works of such artists as Mel Bochner, Eve Hesse and Sol LeWitt. All three artists championed a systemic solution to art making whether working in two or three dimensions. Similarly Naito’s repetition of actions, decisions and manipulated forms is the basis for her refined works. Through her intuitive process she creates a harmonious balance and pattern of a chosen material always set within the limits and confines of white painted rectilinear boxes or frames. The frame sets the boundaries in which she can think and work. As a result, Naito’s innate methodology she has found a unique class for her ideas somewhere between our notion of “drawing“ and “sculpture.“
Furthermore Naito’s intimate abstractions places her in the company of an illustrative group of modern and contemporary artists such as Manzoni from Italy, Jan Schoohoven from the Netherlands and Franz Erhard Walther from Germany who also have experimented with and explored the structure of materials in similar formats and with equal rigor.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Naito studied at the Tokyo National University of Art. After her graduation, in 1958, she moved to New York, where she has lived and worked ever since. Rakuko has representation across the United States in numerous galleries and public collections including the Kemper Art Collection (Chicago), The Larry Aldrich Museum (Ridgefield, CT) and the Roland Gibson Art Foundation (SUNY Potsdam). Since 1965, Naito has had 14 solo shows and 30 group exhibitions and is looking forward to her first show in Jackson, WY. For further information regarding Rakuko Naito or the show, please call the gallery at 307.733.0555 or visit us online: