MAKI Gallery is pleased to present act(ive) enclosure, Los Angeles-based artist Craig Kucia's first solo exhibition in Japan, which will be held at our Omotesando space. Kucia is known for his idiosyncratic practice which integrates his upbringing with rigorous art historical training. For his debut exhibition in Asia, a new series of intimately-scaled canvases will be featured along with five new paintings.
The exhibition title is drawn from the 18th and 19th century British Inclosure Acts, creating legal property rights to land previously held in common. Displaced by the process, tenants left the countryside to work in towns, providing the labor for the coming Industrial Revolution. act(ive) enclosure examines cause and effect, agency and culpability, and the ways in which our ancestors inadvertently participated in the early creation of today's environmental crisis.
Employing archetypal imagery and technical trickery, Kucia's thought-provoking paintings are far from linear, rather each painting contains multifaceted narratives within. The layered references and metaphors force the viewers to reflect on their own experience, inviting them to expand their field of perspective, ultimately bringing awareness to our place in the world. We invite you to take this opportunity to visit Craig Kucia's first solo presentation at MAKI Gallery and attempt to parse out the hidden meanings behind each work.
Press Release: Courtesy of MAKI