Painters & Sculptors Program 2018 Naomi Reis
Born in Shiga, Japan, Naomi Kawanishi Reis investigates built space both as a studio artist and as an artist-organizer. In the studio, Reis explores the utopian architecture of modernism, paradise gardens, and geodesics through mixed-media paintings and installations. She has had solo exhibitions at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, and Mixed Greens, New York, among other venues. She has additionally shown at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Wave Hill, and was a 2015 NYFA Finalist in Painting. To address the lack of institutional space dedicated to artists of Asian descent in New York, in 2015 Reis co-founded the collective AN/OTHER NY, a nomadic workspace for emerging Asian art practitioners to learn with a group of peers through reading groups, workshops, and public events.
“As an image maker, I have followed an instinct to crawl inside the photographic image and reconstruct it using everyday materials of paper, fabric, blades, and brushes. This manual labor pulls open a space between the 3-D built environment and its flattened representation. Taking the form of wall-sized murals, drawings, and framed paintings, these works focus on idealized landscapes of the impossible in-between.”
Ivy on a Concrete Wall with Hole, 2017, mixed media on washi paper and mylar cutouts, 30 x 26 inches
Scene from a Cultivated Jungle (hanging vines), 2015, mixed-media on washi paper and mylar cutouts, 50 x 38 inches
Borrowed Landscape (tropics of Africa, Asia, and the Amazon via Brooklyn), 2013, pigment print with framed mixed-media painting, 110 x 100 inches
Scene from a Cultivated Jungle (panorama), 2015, mixed-media on washi paper and mylar cutouts, 43 x 60 inches
Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.