Yuki Onodera

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Fred, From the series Transvest , 2002 Gelatin Silver Print © Yuki Onodera, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
Yuki Onodera

245 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
April 7th, 2011 - May 28th, 2011
Opening: April 7th, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

(212) 414-0370
Tue-Sat 10-6


Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by internationally-exhibited Japanese artist, Yuki Onodera. The artist’s premiere solo U.S. show will feature artwork from two series: Transvest and The Eleventh Finger.

Ms. Onodera’s ongoing Transvest series (2002-present) are life-sized gelatin silver prints of human figures in silhouette. From a distance, the figures appear to be characters easily identifiable by their clothing and gestures: a flamenco dancer, cowboy or boxer. However, closer inspection reveals that each form is a cut-out shape clothed in fragmented imagery of diverse subjects, including architecture, animals, streetlights, portraits, microscopic organisms, or landscapes. These image fragments are sourced from photographs by the artist or collected and appropriated from old photographs, magazines, video and other material, dating from the invention of photography through the present day. The figures are photographed against strong back-lighting, producing iconic silhouettes while obscuring details within the forms.

Photographs from The Eleventh Finger series (2006–present) are anonymous street portraits, taken spontaneously without use of the view finder. The faces of the subjects are obscured by pieces of paper carefully perforated by the artist into intricate lacy patterns and overlaid onto the photograph during the printing process, creating both a photogram and photograph. By covering the faces, the artist both highlights and renders the postures and gestures meaningless while addressing the issue of the subjects’ right to privacy.

Yuki Onodera’s work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia and the United States. Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France will present a solo exhibition of Ms. Onodera’s work this fall. Past solo exhibitions include shows at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2010), Museum of Photography, Seoul (2010), Centre d'art Nei Liicht, Luxembourg (2008),Centre de Photographie de Lectoure, France (2007), Shanghai Art Museum (2006), and the National Museum of Art, Osaka (2005). Her work is in the collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Huis Marseille/Museum for Photography, Amsterdam; le Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. Ms. Onodera was the recipient of the prestigious Prix Níepce in 2006. The artist was born in Tokyo in 1962 and has lived and worked in Paris since 1993.