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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Mika Tajima

b. 1975, USA

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.

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Featured Artworks

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Art d'Ameublement (Eclipse Point) by Mika Tajima contemporary artwork Mika TajimaArt d'Ameublement (Eclipse Point), 2017 Spray enamel, thermoformed acrylic
132.1 x 101.6 cm
Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Art d'Ameublement (Cossack Rock) by Mika Tajima contemporary artwork Mika TajimaArt d'Ameublement (Cossack Rock), 2018 Spray enamel, thermoformed acrylic
62.2 x 47 cm
Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Negative Entropy (Bioweaving Mill, Brain Stent Production, Magenta, Quad) by Mika Tajima contemporary artwork Mika TajimaNegative Entropy (Bioweaving Mill, Brain Stent Production, Magenta, Quad), 2018 Cotton, polyester, rayon, wool acoustic baffling felt and wood
186.1 x 139.1 cm
Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Epimelesthai Sautou (Take Care), 3 by Mika Tajima contemporary artwork Mika TajimaEpimelesthai Sautou (Take Care), 3, 2014 Spray enamel, thermoformed acrylic, aluminium
198.1 x 198.1 x 83.8 cm
Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Negative Entropy (Digital Ocean, NYC2 Super Micro, Blue, Quad) by Mika Tajima contemporary artwork Mika TajimaNegative Entropy (Digital Ocean, NYC2 Super Micro, Blue, Quad), 2015 Cotton, wood, acoustic baffling fel
186.5 x 139.5 x 6 cm
Taro Nasu
Negative Entropy (Argraf Rapida, Orange, Double) by Mika Tajima contemporary artwork Mika TajimaNegative Entropy (Argraf Rapida, Orange, Double), 2017 Cotton, wood, acoustic baffling felt
135.9 x 106.7 x 3.8 cm
Taro Nasu
Negative Entropy (Argraf Rapida, Orange, Hex) by Mika Tajima contemporary artwork Mika TajimaNegative Entropy (Argraf Rapida, Orange, Hex), 2017 Cotton, wood, acoustic baffling felt
135.9 x 274.9 x 5.1 cm
Taro Nasu
Art d'Ameublement (Ooma) by Mika Tajima contemporary artwork Mika TajimaArt d'Ameublement (Ooma), 2018 Thermoformed acrylic, spray enamel
61 x 45.7 x 4 cm
Taro Nasu

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Ubiquity of Borders: Japanese Contemporary at Gallery Baton, Seoul
Closed
7 February–10 March 2018 Group Exhibition The Ubiquity of Borders: Japanese Contemporary Gallery Baton, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Mika Tajima, Human Synth at Taro Nasu, Tokyo
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23 October–21 November 2015 Mika Tajima Human Synth Taro Nasu, Tokyo

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Mika Tajima Joins Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles Related Press Mika Tajima Joins Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles ARTnews : 9 August 2018

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.

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At Kayne Griffin Corcoran, artists place the architecture of art in the frame Related Press At Kayne Griffin Corcoran, artists place the architecture of art in the frame Wallpaper* : 26 September 2016

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...

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