Naotaka Hiro, Pooneh Maghazehe, Robin Peck, Eric Wesley

June 22 - July 31 , 2018

Step Sister is pleased to present a group exhibition with artists Naotaka Hiro, Pooneh Maghazehe, Robin Peck & Eric Wesley. Naotaka Hiro’s practice is a continuous exploration into the unknown of the interior and exterior of his body. In Two Mouths, Hiro’s cast latex head serves as a haunting shroud for the remaining form. Maghazehe’s series of oil-clay faces resting in cardboard boxes are self illuminated friezes. The interior of Robin Peck’s sculpted dome is, according to the artist, filled with quartz and aluminum. The shellacked plaster exterior plays with the viewer’s notions of inner and outer appearance. Eric Wesley’s miniature effigies of Plato and Michel Foucault lie asleep atop maple pedestals. The combined works, cerebral in concept or execution, locate the head/mind as a focal point for sculptural intervention.

Naotaka Hiro was born in Osaka, Japan in 1972, Hiro relocated to Los Angeles in the late 90's to attend UCLA and CalArts. Recent notable exhibitions include: Made in LA 2018, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Gibbous, Brennan & Griffin, New York, NY, Protuberances, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA (2016), A Modest Proposal, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY (2016),  Men in LA: Three Generations of Drawers: Naotaka Hiro, Paul McCarthy, and Benjamin Weismannn (2014), The Box, Los Angeles; Misako & Rosen, Tokyo (Solo 2015) and RSVP Los Angeles;  Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA (2015). Public Collections include MoMA, New York, NY.  

Pooneh Maghazehe is a Brooklyn based artist.  She received her MFA from Columbia University (2011). Maghazehe teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Design, and is the founder of LM // PM Productions LLC. Recent  exhibitions include Marinaro Gallery, New York, NY, Columbus Property Management, New York, NY, Institute of Contemporary Art Portland, and the Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Pennsylvania.

Robin Peck (b. 1950, Red Deer, Canada) received his MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. His work has been exhibited widely at such galleries as CANADA, New York; Cooper Cole, Mercer Union, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto; Contemporary Art Gallery, Or Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax; and Triangle Gallery, Stride Gallery, Calgary, Canada.  He is the author of Journey to the Circumference of the Earth or Travels with a Sculptor, recently published by the Publication Studio in Vancouver, Canada. He has held teaching positions at the University of Western Ontario, London; Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax; Emily Carr College of Art & Design, Vancouver; University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge; Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary; and most recently, Saint Thomas University, Fredericton, Canada. Peck currently lives and works in Fredericton, Canada.

Eric Wesley lives and works in Los Angeles, and received his BA from University of California Los Angeles. Wesley has had solo exhibitions in galleries internationally as well as at MOCA, Los Angeles, Foundation Morra Greco, Naples, Italy, and most recently at 356 Mission Road in Los Angeles. Among others, Wesley’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux; Fundación/Colección, Jumex, Mexico; Museo d’Arte, Benevento, Italy; the 2004 Whitney Biennial; The Prague Biennial; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; MoMA P.S.1, New York; and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He is one of the founders of Los Angeles’ Mountain School of Arts.