Mika Tajima's multifaceted artistic practice explores the intersections between architecture and design, visual art, and performance. Connecting geometric abstraction to the contemporary built environment, Tajima's structures delineate how social space is constructed and hint at its possible reconfigurations.
The objects in her installations often perform multiple roles, acting as sculptures while at the same time serving as surrogates for such functional objects as signage, scaffolding, or office furniture. Oftentimes these objects become temporary structures or props for various activities, including performances, film shoots, and lectures. Taking its title from two otherwise dissimilar objects whose shapes both exhibit the golden ratio, Pineapples and Pyramids alludes to the importance of geometry in the history of Western aesthetics.
Tajima received her MFA from Columbia University in 2003. She currently has solo exhibitions on view at the Seattle Art Museum and the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas, Austin. She has been featured in solo exhibitions at South London Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Kitchen in New York, among other institutions. Her work has appeared in number group exhibitions, including the 2008 Whitney Biennial; Sympathy for the Devil; Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now, a touring exhibition organized by the Asia Society, New York.
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