Ulterior Gallery

New York

Artists Bio

Gaku Tsutaja
(b. in Tokyo, Japan, 1974) Lives and works in Queens (USA).

Tsutaja obtained a BFA with honors from Tokyo Zokei University of Art and Design in 1998, and a MFA with honors from SUNY Purchase College in 2018. She participated in the Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyusyu (CCA) as a research fellow for two years before moving to New York in 2006. Tsutaja’s work has been shown in numerous international exhibitions including: ‘The Persistence of History’, Visual Arts Gallery, NJCU, Jersey City (2018); ‘Kingdom of Kitai’, Ulterior Gallery, New York (2017); ‘Make a World’, Nitehiworks, Kanazawa (2012); ‘Independent Drawing Gig 3’, Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives, The Hague (2007); ‘Password’, Center for Contemporary Graphic Art, Fukushima (2004); and ‘Blind Date’, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense (2002). She was also a member of the artists collective Gansomaeda, and exhibited work at Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan (2005); CHANNEL_0, Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi, Japan (2004); and other exhibition projects.

Gallery Statement

Ulterior Gallery is an emerging art gallery on the Lower East Side of New York City (United States). Established by Takako Tanabe, a Japanese gallerist originally from Tokyo, Ulterior is committed to the exhibition of works by an intergenerational array of artists of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Before opening her own gallery, she worked for Fergus McCaffrey Gallery, New York, NY; the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX; and Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, TX. Tanabe opened Ulterior Gallery in June of 2016. As the name of the gallery suggests, Ulterior’s focus is on artists and art that explore states of essential in-betweenness, beyond borders, boundaries, and categories. Guided by this idea, Ulterior has been introducing Japanese diaspora artists of the current as well as previous generations such as Gaku Tsutaja, Minoru Yoshida, Yasuo Ihara, and American and international artists such as Maryam Amiryani, Robert Beck/Buck, Margaret Meehan, and Camel Collective.

Artists at Material

Gaku Tsutaja

Represented or Affiliated Artists

Maryam Amiryani
Robert Beck / Robert Buck
Douglas Goldberg
Yasuo Ihara
Takashi Kunitani
Margaret Meehan
Gaku Tsutaja
Minoru Yoshida


United States - New York
172 Attorney St. FRNT 1