Kako Ueda
Allure, 2004-2005
Hand-cut black paper
50 x 28 inches

Kako Ueda
Tree of Life, 2005
hand cut paper with acrylic
49 x 22 inches
KUs 04

Kako Ueda
Inside Out, 2004
hand cut black paper
22 x 34 inches
KUs 06

Kako Ueda
PJS (portrait series I), 2006
hand cut paper with acrylic
28 x 18 inches
KUs 02

Kako Ueda
Vanitas, 2004-05
hand cut paper with watercolor
18 x 19 inches
KUs 03

Kako Ueda
Horns and Wigs
2005
hand cut black paper
17 x 17 inches
KUs 01

Kako Ueda
Installation View

Kako Ueda
Show Announcement Card

Kako Ueda
Show Announcement Card

Press Release

In the Drawing Gallery and concurrent with the Winters exhibition is an exhibition of recent lace-like paper cut-outs by KAKO UEDA. The exhibition, the artist's New York debut solo, will feature six works, all acrylic or watercolor on paper ranging in scale from 17 x 17 up to 50 x 28 inches.

Viewed in silhouette, Ueda's images combine figurative forms with those taken from nature, in what can be understood to be complex ruminations on life and death. In the blood red "Tree of Life," 2006, for example, a human skull appears at the top, a casket at the bottom. In between, among branches and drops of blood, appear a frog, a butterfly, a stag, a spider and web, human arms and legs, a caterpillar, a rabbit, the word "Arbol" (Spanish for tree) in reverse, among many others. In the even more elaborate, all black,"Allure,"2004-05, are images of  bees, ladybugs, dragonflies, beetles and more, while in "Vanitas," a watercolor on paper, one finds a barely perceptible skull among the densely rendered flora and fauna.

Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Ueda has lived in the United States since age 15.  She attended the joint BFA program at Tufts University and the School of Museum of Fine Arts.  In 1999, she was awarded an MFA from Pratt Institute.  Most recently Ueda's work was the focus of an exhibition at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, New York.  She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.  

Sandy Winters: In My Backyard and Kako Ueda: Recent Paper Cut-Outs will be on view through June 23, 2007.

Checklist


1. Tree of Life, 2005
Hand cut paper with acrylic
49 x 22 inches
KUs 04

2. Vanitas, 2004-05
Hand cut paper with watercolor
18 x 19 inches
KUs 03

3. PJS (portrait series I), 2006
Hand cut paper with acrylic
28 x 18 inches
KUs 02

4. Horns & Wigs, 2005
Hand cut black paper
17 x 17 inches
KUs 01

5. Allure, 2004-05
Hand cut black paper
22 x 34 inches
KUs 06

6. Inside Out, 2004
Hand cut black paper
22 x 34 inches
KUs 06