Using the mediums of sculpture, painting, and installation, Mika Tajima’s work is about control, performance, and freedom. She analyses the evolving and amorphous zones that intersect productivity and leisure, examining how human behaviour and emotional experiences have been transformed within the long sweep of capitalist development. Concerned not with the conditions but with the conditioning of modern human life, Tajima’s research-based practice explores the technologies and ideologies that cultivate the subtle molding of human behaviour through aesthetic conditioning.
Mika Tajima was born in Los Angeles, CA lives and works in New York, NY. She holds a BA in Fine Arts and East Asian Studies from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, and an MFA from Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York, NY. Selected exhibitions include: TOUCHLESS, Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Harford, CT; Embody, 11R, New York, NY; COLORI, Castello di Rivoli and GAM, Torino, Italy; All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Meridian (Gold), Sculpture Center, New York, NY. Public collections include: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Albright-Know Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Artist Mika Tajima—whose reliably alluring work examines the interplay between science, corporate design, financial markets, emotions, tools of control, art history, and quite a few more topics—is now represented by the Los Angeles gallery Kayne Griffin Corcoran.
There is an inherent dialogue in the pairing of Jean-Pascal Flavien and Mika Tajima at Los Angeles gallery Kayne Griffin Corcoran, one that explores how our physical environments probe our emotional and social states, and vice versa. It is easy to think of architecture as fixed and permanent, but their works prove that the spaces we inhabit can be...