16 Contemporary Artists Respond to the Covid-19 Crisis With Poignant New Works
April 10, 2020
“We are trying to imagine new ways of communing and being generative in a time of isolation and crisis. Notions of productivity and usefulness have drastically changed. Having shifted to a remote work environment where I spend most time working alone, I am sharpening my ideas, making new connections, widening my researching and thinking of new forms..." - Mika Tajima
Okayama Art Summit
Almost every art festival in Japan is tasked with revivifying the local landscape, but the second edition of the triennial Okayama Art Summit, curated by French artist Pierre Huyghe and titled IF THE SNAKE, aims at replacing the historic geography of old Okayama with links to the spaces of fiction and technology. At the opening, Huyghe spoke softly of wanting to augment visitors’ experiences and have them feel like witnesses not spectators, connected and transformed by the works they encounter.
Pleather Skies Over L.A.
September 30, 2019
Sunset Boulevard is about to get a leather bar makeover thanks to artist Mika Tajima and Art Production Fund who are erecting a four-channel video work across a quartet of digital billboards on the iconic commercial strip. The commissioned video, “PSYCHO GRAPHICS,” draws upon bondage aesthetics as a tool for abstraction. The identity of dancer Alexandra Jacobs, who stretches and contorts her body for Tajima’s camera, is completely masked by the zentai suit that even consumes her pointe shoes. A commentary on the outside forces that act upon our images, “PSYCHO GRAPHICS” toys with the artificial difference between public and private space.
Okayama Art Summit 2019
July 10, 2019
This fall the triennial Okayama Art Summit will return under the artistic direction of French artist Pierre Huyghe. From Friday, September 27 through Sunday, November 24, the exhibition will be on view in the centre of Okayama City, Japan and in a number of historic and cultural venues.
Artists include Mika Tajima, among others.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Names 2019 Grants to Artists
January 23, 2019
The New York–based nonprofit Foundation for Contemporary Arts has named the 18 artists who will receive unrestricted grants of $40,000 in its 2019 grant cycle. The annual Grants to Artists program was established in 1993, and recipients are chosen by the foundation’s board of directors through a confidential nomination and selection process. The board includes artists Cecily Brown, Anne Collier, Jasper Johns, Jennie C. Jones, Julian Lethbridge, Glenn Ligon, Dean Moss, James Welling, and T. J. Wilcox. The board’s non-artist members are Anthony B. Creamer III, Anne Dias, and Agnes Gund. Among the visual artists selected is New York-based artist Mika Tajima.
Mika Tajima Joins Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles
August 9, 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.
Jean-Pascal Flavien & Mika Tajima
Art Asia Pacific
A life-size hot tub in luscious shades of gradient orange and purple installed vertically on a gallery wall took center stage at Kayne Griffin Corcoran's two-person show featuring New York-based Mika Tajima and Berlin-based Jean-Pascal Flavien.
Jean-Pascal Flavien & Mika Tajima
Contemporary Art Daily
October 28, 2016
Kayne Griffin Corcoran is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition with Jean-Pascal Flavien and Mika Tajima. While making very different work, both artists investigate social relationships to built environments and attempt to expose the constructed nature of these designed systems. The artists postulate in various forms such as architectural interventions or deconstructions of design objects, all in relation to the human subject.
Jean-Pascal Flavien & Mika Tajima at Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles
It seems fitting that Los Angeles born Mika Tajima’s first show in her hometown includes one of her candy-colored Jacuzzi paintings. What could be more quintessentially L.A. than a sunset-ombré hot tub, its slick sexy object-ness epitomizing the glamor of Hollywood. Her co-exhibitor Jean-Pascal Flavien likewise embraces the city’s marquee industry with statement house (temporary title) Los Angeles (2016), a diminutive baby pink house—sited in the gallery’s lush courtyard—to be occupied intermittently by two screenwriters over the run of the show.
Artist Talk: Mika Tajima at Triple Canopy
September 28, 2016
Artist Mika Tajima’s recent work speaks to the broader history of models of the body and mind being used to regulate laborers and maximize profit, from ergonomic office designs to algorithms that analyze the emotional content of Twitter posts. How can we meaningfully represent—and perhaps disrupt—the opaque processes that turn our most natural gestures and intimate communications into generic bits of data to be harvested?
Mika Tajima: At Kayne Griffin Corcoran, artists place the architecture of art in the frame
Septermber 26, 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 flexible and can afford their human participants a surprising amount of agency.