5 artists on our radar in June 2022

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Artistic Editorial

Artists on Our Radar is a monthly series produced by the Artsy team. Using our art expertise and access to Artsy data, we’re highlighting five artists that deserve our attention. To make our selections, we identified which artists have made an impact on Artsy in the past month through new galleries, exhibitions, auctions, art fairs, or new work.

B. 1991, Taipei. Lives and works in New York.

With a background in fashion and fine arts, Taiwanese artist John Yuyi began making and selling temporary tattoos to fund her visa after an internship with Jason Wu in New York. Punchy tattoos are now a staple of Yuyi’s photography practice, her models – sometimes a model, sometimes herself – are covered in them to comment on consumer culture and the impact of social media.

in the Wear NIKE 7 (2018), featured in Yuyi’s eponymous solo exhibition, which opens June 10 at Christophe Guye Gallery in Zurich, features a character bearing the iconic “Just Do It” slogan on its bare chest. The Nike logo also appears on their face and neck alongside computer icons and pop-up browsers from the 2000s, illustrating how we construct our identities in the post-internet age via brand affinity.

meanwhile in Tinder match 2 (2016), a young woman poses for the camera with “It’s a Match!” printed on her cheek and “NOPE” on her forehead. The work shows how social media validation has become a potential source of identity formation and a measure of self-esteem.

Yuyi’s photographs participate and critique the ways in which internet culture has shaped our perceptions of ourselves and each other. She has exhibited in group shows in New York, Paris, Taipei and elsewhere, and is Artist-in-Residence at the Silver Art Project in New York in 2021-22.

– Isabelle Sakelaris

B. 1936, Shigaraki, Japan. Lives and works in Shigaraki, Japan.

Ceramic artist Yasuhisa Kohyama’s work is deeply rooted in the history of the craft and its heritage in his native Japan. His sometimes organic, sometimes geometric forms were the subject of a solo show at Officine Saffi in Milan earlier this year and are currently on view in a group show at Browngrotta Arts in Wilton, Connecticut.

Focusing on the ancient practices of hand building and wood burning, Kohyama is heavily influenced by Jomon, Shigaraki and Yayoi pottery. Kohyama keeps the past alive by crafting stoneware pieces that are simultaneously rough and elegant, undeniably from earth yet almost otherworldly. While he never uses glazes in his work, his vessels take on different hues when fired in the Anagamakiln he built – the first of its kind built in the area since the Middle Ages.

Kohyama studied as an apprentice to ceramic designer Sakuzo Hineno and taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Bureau for the Arts at Harvard; among other schools. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, and many other institutions.

– Brian P. Kelly

B. 1988, McAllen, TX. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Carlos Jaramillo’s photographs document the physical, daily work of Latin American culture and life. In his 2018 solo show Beyond Bars at the gallery at W83 in New York, Jaramillo flipped the script on mainstream tourist images of Peru to use portraits to tenderly chronicle life in and just beyond Lurigancho, a Lima prison.

For his current solo exhibition “Tierra del Sol” or “Land of the Sun” Jaramillo transformed New York’s Selenas Mountain into a rodeo. Hanging on the gallery walls are Jaramillo’s images from the annual El Clásico de las Américas charrería in Pico Rivera, California. A charrería is a Mexican rodeo tradition that showcases the equestrianism, performance, costume, and athleticism of the early activities of fencing cattle in the haciendas of ancient Mexico. In these photographs, Jaramillo humanizes work that is often overlooked for the spectacle of sport, through intense and fragmented close-ups of the performers’ bodies.

Jaramillo received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and his photographs have been widely featured in popular magazines and publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, LA timesand Musée Magazine. He was the recipient of the 2022 Forest Lawn Museum Arts Fellowship.

– Ayanna Dozier

B. 1984, Brovary, Ukraine. Lives and works in Kyiv.

Zhanna Kadyrova is known for her practice of transforming familiar building materials such as industrial tile, glass and stone into stunning conceptual sculptures that draw on the Soviet history of her homeland, Ukraine. In her new work, which responds to the February 24 invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, Kadyrova focuses on the Ukrainian people at that moment.

After the invasion, Kadyrova left her home in Kyiv and headed west to settle in a village on the Hungarian border, where she set up a studio and gallery. There, Kadyrova’s eyes fell on a series of large, smooth stones in a river. Resembling the simple round wheat loaves found all over Ukraine, they sparked the idea for a new work – “Palyanitsia”, the Ukrainian word for bread.

Paljanitsia became a kind of shibboleth. The difficult-to-pronounce word is used by Ukrainians to distinguish Russian enemies from Ukrainian comrades. Inspired by the symbolism, Kadyrova collected the stones and cut them into pieces and slices while leaving some whole. The resulting sculptures can be seen in Venice until June 30 in a special exhibition bearing the name of the series and presented by the Galleria Continua in time for the Biennale; and were previously shown in Berlin in the König Galerie. Kadyrova donates 100% of the proceeds to volunteer organizations and her colleagues who stayed in Kyiv to join the Defense Forces. So simple, yet so effective, the works sternly commemorate the devastating loss of life, displacement, and destruction.

A graduate of the Taras Shevchenko State Art School in Kyiv, Kadyrova has received several international awards for her work, including the PinchukArtCentre Grand Prize in 2013. She has been featured at the 55th, 56th and 58th editions of the Venice Biennale, including the 2019 International Exhibition May You Live In Interesting Times. Her work has been exhibited in major institutions and galleries including Galleria Continua, Baró Galeria, Shanghai International Sculpture Project JISP, Palais de Tokyo, Center Pompidou and Pinchuk Art Centre, where she was to perform before the current conflict of her first career- Retrospective in 2023.

– Casey Lesser

B. 1981, Brooklyn. Lives and works in Nashville.

Emily Weiner’s paintings, often set in custom frames, are rich in symbolism and historical allusions. As Weiner described it in her Artist Statement“My work configures icons, geometries and material motifs that have been revived, reshaped and recoded over time.” Repurposing the past while creating a contemporary lexicon all her own, Weiner eagerly explores a wide range of aesthetic avenues.

in the Cassandra (2022), a terracotta frame borders a painting of an ancient Greek red-figure crater while inside Mundus inverse (2022), a maple frame outlines a shimmering moon peeking through a pair of crimson curtains. These works evoke artists from across art history—from Euphronios to Georgia O’Keefe to Jonas Wood—and refuse to pin down to one era.

Weiner earned a BA from Barnard College and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She was exhibited in the LeRoy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University, CULT | exhibited Aimee Friberg exhibitions and Grizzly Grizzly. Her work has recently been featured in group shows at Red Arrow Gallery including SHOW UP! and Mundus Inversus.

– Brian P. Kelly

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