Kelly Akashi

    Hand/Stand, 2018

    Dimensions variable
    Series of 20 unique works


    In 2017, SculptureCenter presented Los Angeles-based artist Kelly Akashi's first solo institutional exhibition, Long Exposure. Continuing her exploration of time, ephemerality and the indexical potential of sculptural objects, Akashi has created a series of cast bronze sculptures of her own hand each melded with a round tabletop surface. Each unique cast, produced within days of each other, is built up through layers of wax that end with an impression of the circular mold container, acting as a record of the process itself. Once cast, these bronze objects become an archive of momentary gestures on a mortal timeline. Investigating notions of functionality and display, Akashi asks the viewer to consider the multivalent potential of these objects, which can be shown in an isolated fashion (on the wall, upside down on a surface, or at an angle) or as a support or pedestal for other objects.


    Kelly Akashi was born in Los Angeles in 1983, and lives and works in Los Angeles. SculptureCenter hosted her first solo institutional presentation in 2017. Akashi has had solo exhibitions with François Ghebaly, Los Angeles (2019); SculptureCenter, New York (2017); Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); Tomorrow Gallery, New York (2015); Between Arrival & Departure, Düsseldorf (2015); Michael Jon Gallery, Miami (2015); and Chin's Push, Highland Park, CA (2013). Recent group exhibitions include Away Message, Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, Dallas, Texas (2019); Seeing Believing Having Holding, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland (2018); Lyric on a Battlefield, Gladstone Gallery, New York (2017); Dreamers Awake, White Cube, London (2017); Vertical Gardens, Antenna Space, Shanghai (2017); Los Angeles - A Fiction, Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, France (2017); Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Fear of a Blank Pancake, White Flag Projects, Saint Louis (2016); and Can't Reach Me There, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2015). Akashi holds an MFA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and has studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main as well as Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.