Mayumi Terada’s second solo exhibition at the gallery is a selection of recent photographs and models. Terada’s subjects are magical, sparsely appointed, light-infused spaces. They are stripped down settings with windows or doors, simple domestic furnishings, and landscapes that evoke a sense of absence. But these images are not what they seem. Subtle inconsistencies of scale disrupt the reading of the scene. In reality the artist has constructed her own subjects. They are miniature table-top tableaux that she has made by her own hand. These models are illuminated by natural light and then photographed. This second exhibition of the artist’s work at the gallery is accompanied by a collection of her subjects and tableaux – the miniature scenes, plates, chairs, beds, tables, and suitcases that are presented in her works. Terada was born in Tokyo in 1958. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Tsukuba in
1989. In 2001 she moved from her native Japan to take up residence in New York City where she lives and works. A new publication on the artist’s photographs titled Living Absence was released in 2009 by Gram Books. Her work is found in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; The Japan Society, New York; and IVAM, Institut Valencia d'Art Modern.