Mika Tajima

    Death in the Afternoon, 2015

    Thermoformed plastic, enamel paint, PVC, rubber, wood 
    Dimensions variable 
    Series of 30 unique works (available in two colors)


    Mika Tajima explores the way that the built environment shapes the body and our activities. In Death in the Afternoon, a unique series of works vacuum cast in plastic from hot tub parts and spray-painted in saturated colors, she underlines our relationship to objects of leisure while invoking technologies developed to control and affect the body. The works are related to her ongoing Furniture Art series, the title of which refers to Erik Satie's Furniture Music (Musique d'ameublement), a series of infinitely repetitive compositions intended as background music.


    The artist was included in SculptureCenter's 2010 exhibition Knight's Move, a survey of new sculpture in New York embodying an informed yet playful and questioning view of the contemporary. In 2016, SculptureCenter commissioned Tajima’s public art project Meridian (Gold) as part of SculptureCenter's Public Process program, on view in Hunter's Point South Park on the Long Island City waterfront from June through August of that year.


    Mika Tajima was born in Los Angeles, California in 1975, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Tajima’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2018); Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul (2018); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017); the Eleventh Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013); and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2009), among others.


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