Kenyon College

Yoko Inoue (Japanese American)


Inoue is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work takes the form of sculpture, installation, collaborative project, and public intervention performance art. She explores the possibilities of performance art as a way to continue her research on the relationship between people and objects, and to further investigate the commoditization of culture, assimilation, and how cultural meaning is transformed in the multicultural urban environment and is absorbed into new social contexts. Her current project entitled “Transmigration of the SOLD” explores the effects of globalization on cultural products and questions consumer awareness. She uses cast ceramics in large-scale installations that question the cultural and historical connotations of mundane objects from the urban market place.

Born in Kyoto, Japan, Inoue moved to United States and earned MFA from Hunter College, NY in 2000. Her work had been shown at Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center, Rubin Museum, The Bronx Museum, LMCC, Greene Naftali Gallery and Art in General among other places in New York, and Des Moines Art Center in Iowa, Yerba Buena in San Francisco in CA, and Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania. She has had solo exhibitions at Momenta Art and Von Lintel Gallery in New York. She has received many awards including Fellowship in Sculpture from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2003) and subsequently a Fellowship in Cross-disciplinary/Performative work (2007), Lambent Fellowship (2004-06) from The Tides Foundation, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2005); The Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant (2005); a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2006); GAPS (Grant for Art in Public Spaces) from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council/9-11 Fund (2007), a Jerome Foundation Travel and Research Grant (2007); and the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship (2008). Residencies include Skowhegan, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Art Omi, LMCC Workspace, The Center for Book Arts and Civitella Ranieri Residency in Italy.

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