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Guest curator: Kumi Yamashita  
New York, NY artist

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About Kumi

Kumi Yamashita was born in Japan and lives in New York City. She received an MFA from Glasglow School of Art in the UK in 1999.

Her work is mostly constructed from everyday objects: building blocks, thread, nails, credit card rubbings, lights. The aim of her process is to explore art beyond the confines of traditional media, and turn ordinary objects into arresting images. Even a simple sheet of paper, if carefully arranged and lit, can create an endless variety of profiles, says Yamashita.

Her work has been exhibited at Seattle Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Yerba Buena Centre, San Francisco, Esplanade in Singapore, Hillside Gallery in Tokyo and the Kent Gallery in New York, among others.

Kumi's selections

Alexey Titarenko

St. Petersburg, Russia

"Alex Titarenko's camera seems to poetically capture many centuries of our civilization where we see a majestic landscape engulfed with a diesel like smoke of things that had come and gone."

Dan Holdsworth

London, UK

"I was flying over many time zones on my way to somewhere. I lost a sense of whereabouts and hours - all the reference points to understand what I was staring at from the window. Dan Holdsworth's landscapes make me lose the reference points and allows me to simply experience."

Mark Bowles

Orangevale, CA

"One day I saw the sky above me filled with intense pink clouds as if someone squeezed ripe strawberries into a bowl of milk. I see the awe of colors and shapes of the world in Mark Bowles's paintings."

Sarah Williams

Denton, TX

"I feel like I've been to all the places Sarah Williams has painted. She captures the world filled with familiar places with no familiar faces."


London, UK

"It is nice to see the scale in which Slinkachu works. I enjoy both the humor and the melancholy that simultaneously exists in his photos of little people finding treasure in things dismissed by the larger world."

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