Silverlens New York is pleased to present Figure Study, a solo exhibition by Maria Taniguchi opening 4 May 2023 and marking the artist’s first New York gallery show. Figure Study will feature nine new large-scale works by Taniguchi in continuation to her “Untitled” brick series, which has been ongoing since she initiated it in 2008. Each brick painting consists of thousands of meticulously hand painted cells that accumulate on the surface of the canvas to form grey-black monoliths. The series is exceptional in its ever-expanding volume, accruing methodically for over fifteen years.
Maria Taniguchi (b. Dumaguete City, Philippines, in 1981; lives and works Manila, Philippines) works across a diverse range of media including painting, video, sculpture, pottery, printmaking, drawing, and writing. Her practice focuses on concepts of composing, constructing, and framing whilst referring to the craftsmanship and history of the Philippines. Taniguchi won the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award in 2015. She has recently been featured at institutions such as Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2022); Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (2021); the 12th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2018); 21st Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (2018). Her work is held in numerous public and private collections globally, including the Tate Modern, London; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; and QAGOMA, Brisbane; and KADIST, San Francisco and Paris; among others.