Recent Works by Winifred Lutz and Junko Yoda
Zabriskie Gallery exhibits recent works by Winifred Lutz and Junko Yoda from July 17 to September 6, 2002. Both artists are regarded for their innovative work with paper -- its endless textures, colors, shape and form. The works in this show are both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, as Lutz and Yoda employ both the possibilities of flatness and depth through pieces that are formally complex and elegant, highly crafted and subtly crafty.
Since 1975, Winifred Lutz has created major site-integrated sculptural installations and public works in the United States and abroad. Her outdoor installations are known for "a remarkable sensitivity to the site --- (she) creates works that underscore the vegetative and social processes that determine the discrete history of a place" (Tom Csazar). As this exhibition will attest to, Lutz is also widely recognized for her work in handmade paper, a medium she has elevated to an art form. Like her works that comment either directly or indirectly on nature and ecology, these paper objects owe to the material's natural make-up and composition - an "ingredients list" that includes such things as mulberry root, rotted flax, abaca, kozo, avocado peel, and more. They are tangible but light, opaque and translucent, occupying a wall, floor, window, or ceiling. "The paper conveys a nonverbal message about a way of being. Lutz seems to be showing us that one can still find a place of quiet; one can still make an intimate relationship with a natural substance… Their provisional qualities are emblematic of the transitory existence of everything we know" (Janet Koplos). Winifred Lutz has created public projects and site-integrated installations and exhibited widely at major institutions and sites in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, and, at her current project, a tidal basin sculpture in collaboration with Stacy Levy, for the Schuylkill River Park in Philadelphia. She has just completed a 425' long sculptural garden, Zones of Change, for the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. This was a Federal GSA percent for Art in Architecture Commission. Winifred Lutz lives and works in Philadelphia.
Junko Yoda paints rice papers which are torn, cut, and glued. The predominant field is gray, from which colors emerge and patterns vary, alternating between rigid and more loosely structured configurations. With the emphasis shifting from the very textured to the highly chromatic, these painted papers have a beauty and serenity which reflects the artist's complete involvement with her work. Colors sparkle in contrast to the gray, and the surfaces are so lush and subtle it is difficult to believe they are constructed of something so delicate as rice paper. The pure rectangular and square formats provide a unity, within which the restrictions of size and materials make Junko Yoda's invention seem endless. Tearing the surface layers away to reveal the often more colorful layers beneath, she stipples and splashes bits of contrasting paint that are exposed and intercepted by these tears. Her "craft is expert, her design sense is sure, and within its restricted compass, her work gives intense pleasure" (Grace Glueck). Junko Yoda was born in Japan in 1943, where she studied painting at the Musashino Fine Art University in Tokyo. In 1969 she moved to New York. Her first exhibition at Zabriskie was in 1978, at the "New Talent" show. She has exhibited here and abroad at such places as the San Diego Art Museum, the Alternative Museum, New York, the Ohara Museum of Art, and the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art.