Studio Visits for Wednesday, December 8th
2:35 - 3:05
2:00 - 2:30
Born in 1975 in Los Angeles, California, Tajima is a New York based artist. Connecting geometric abstraction to the shape of our built environment, she explores activities, form, and performative roles defined by divisive spaces. Tajima received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1997. She later attended Columbia University School of the Arts and received her MFA in 2003.
Select solo exhibitions include Bass Museum, Miami (forthcoming); Seattle Art Museum (forthcoming); X Initiative, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; The Kitchen, New York; RISD Museum, Rhode Island; Circuit, Switzerland; Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York. Group exhibitions include 2008 Whitney Biennial; Uncertain States of America; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, OH; PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, NY; Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, NY; among others.
Tajima is founding member of New Humans, a moniker for collaborative music, art, and actions. New Humans collaborations include Charles Atlas, Vito Acconci, C. Spencer Yeh, Philippe Decrauzat, United Bamboo, among others. Group and Solo performances include ICA Philadelphia; Artissima, Italy; Ballroom Marfa; Swiss Institute, NY; Walker Art Center, MN; Whitney Museum, NY; etc. NH’s recordings continue a working use of physical materials, piercing drones, sheer static, and low bass frequencies. Releases include AKA (Semishigure, 2008) and Undercover (Circuit, 2006) and upcoming LP, Disallow (Planam, 2009).
Mika Tajima: Born 1975 in Los Angeles, California; lives in New York, New York.
New Humans, a collaborative founded by Mika Tajima with Howie Chen, explores the intersecting strata of sound, installation, and performance within the context of Tajima’s visual art practice. The elements making up Tajima’s projects slip from foreground sculptures to background props, staging markers, and functional structures, their status in continual transition and production. Challenging the audience’s expectations of sculpture as a static presence, Tajima combines multimedia installations with serial performance elements by New Humans including sonically spare noise music grounded in Minimal composition and evoking a post– John Cage mayhem. A constantly changing roster of collaborators from different disciplines contributes to a relentless layering of visual and aural textures, creating a discordant dialogue.
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