Yuri Kobayashi will exhibit a recent series of work with several pieces created while serving as Wingate Artist in residence at the Purchase College School of Art + Design. The exhibit in the Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery of the Visual Arts Building takes place August 16 to September 10. Hours are Mon-Fri., 9 to 5 PM. Admission is free.
An artist’s reception will be held September 9 from 5-7 PM.
Born and raised in Japan, Yuri Kobayashi received her BA degree in architecture design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. After training in traditional Japanese woodworking, she moved to the U.S. to pursue an MFA degree in woodworking and furniture design at San Diego State University.
Since her arrival in the United States in 2002, Yuri Kobayashi has been acting out an epiphany. Engrained from childhood in a culture that embodies a ritual of process, Yuri has been melding this passion with an awakening of her inner voice. Challenged by the limits of a second language, she uses visual language to wed her traditional underpinnings with the ethos of her soul. “Stepping Stones” is a glimpse of her recent works on this odyssey.
Continuing to develop this series while at Purchase, she was extensively involved with Purchase students and the larger Purchase community. She was a guest lecturer in a master class, gave workshops and public lectures. She served as a mentor to students who had opportunities to observe an artist at work and engage with the artist both in the studio and in the classroom.
Utilizing predominantly wood, she employs repetitive styles to create concept-based objects with an emphasis on sculptural forms. She is influenced by her origin, and her work is a reflection of her identity, experience and empathy. “My work embraces process and change; it symbolizes the growth of human life, nature, and our surroundings,” she said. A piece may be inspired by a boat, another by seed pods.
Currently she divides her time between teaching at the Rhode Island School of design and producing her own work.
The Windgate Artist in Residence Program at the School of Art + Design is an ongoing program in applied design with an emphasis in furniture.
It is designed to advance the careers of practicing artists, to prepare students as professional artists and strengthen awareness of the significance of applied design. The program is made possible through the generosity of the Wingate Charitable Foundation.