January 23 – February 22, 2014
Thursday – Saturday, dusk to 11pm
UVP Everson, Everson Museum Plaza
401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY
Urban Video Project and Light Work are pleased to announce the exhibition of Yui Kugimiya: Cat Brushing Teeth and other works by Yui Kugimiya at UVP Everson from January 23 – February 22, 2014. The exhibition will include the works Cat Brushing Teeth (2009), Cronica de Una Muerte Anunciada (2012), and Sunset Donut (2012).
Kugimiya will present an artist talk on Tuesday, February 4 at 6:30pm in the Everson’s Hosmer Auditorium. A reception will follow on the plaza, weather permitting. The talk and reception will be FREE & OPEN to the public.
About the Work
Cat Brushing Teeth
2008 | TRT 0:41
2012 | TRT 1:10
Cronica de una Muerte Anunciada
2012 | TRT 0:44
Kugimiya’s work is unique in its use of traditional painting techniques to create quirky stop-motion animations. Each of the 30 frames per second that make up the moving image is a unique painting, lending the videos a visceral quality in which the traces of time are materially present. The stars of this suite of short pieces are all anthropomorphic cats deeply engaged in some everyday task–brushing their teeth, placing their order at the counter of a fast-food stand, savoring a donut in the sunset—the cats are at once standins for everyone and eccentrically specific individuals. The result is a whimsical and light-handed meditation on how the transcendent reveals itself within the mundane.
About the Artist
Kugimiya (born 1981, Tokyo) has been working from her base in Brooklyn since graduating from Yale University in 2007. Kugimiya has exhibited solo within the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Japan and had a well-received solo exhibition at the Everson Museum of Art in November 2010.
View the artist’s website: www.yuikugimiya.com
This exhibition was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.