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Aesthetic Radicalism in 'Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery Ocula Report Aesthetic Radicalism in 'Awakenings’ at Singapore’s National Gallery 21 Jun 2019 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s, a major retrospective at Singapore's National Gallery (14 June–15 September 2019), opens emphatically in flames. At the exhibition's entrance, viewers encounter a wall-sized image from 1964 titled Burning Canvases Floating on the River. The photograph captures a performance by Lee, in which he took...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion Ocula Report 'Sites Encountered': A Chorus of Five Artists at M+ Pavilion 21 Jun 2019 : Emily Verla Bovino for Ocula

Without punctuation, She Said Why Me, the title of May Fung's 1989 video presents itself as a statement, rather than a question. It suggests a subject who expects no response, a person prepared to make what she can from being chosen though perplexed by the attention. The video follows a blindfolded woman, then unmasked, through late colonial-era...

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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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Negative Entropy (Toyota Motomachi Alarm, Orange, Single) by Mika Tajima contemporary artwork
Mika TajimaNegative Entropy (Toyota Motomachi Alarm, Orange, Single), 2018 Cotton, polyester, rayon, wool acoustic baffling felt and wood
94 x 69.9 cm
Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Negative Entropy (Digital Ocean NYC2 4U NAS Unit, Pink, Hex) by Mika Tajima contemporary artwork
Mika TajimaNegative Entropy (Digital Ocean NYC2 4U NAS Unit, Pink, Hex), 2018 Cotton, wood, acoustic baffling felt
141 x 274.9 x 5.1 cm
Taro Nasu
Art d’Ameublement (Ujong Pulo Jau) by Mika Tajima contemporary artwork
Mika TajimaArt d’Ameublement (Ujong Pulo Jau), 2019 Thermoformed acrylic, spray enamel
182.9 x 1137.2 x 5 cm
Taro Nasu
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

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
Closed
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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