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Using the mediums of sculpture, painting, and installation, Mika Tajima’s work is about control, performance, and freedom. She analyzes the evolving and amorphous zones that intersect productivity and leisure, examining how human behavior and emotional experiences have been transformed within the long sweep of capitalist development. Tajima’s research-based practice explores the technologies and ideologies that shape human behavior through conditioning everyday life. 

In her Art d'Ameublement series, the reverse spray enameled acrylic objects are transparent shells that contain blooming paint mists made solid on its interior surface. Each piece in this ambient painting series is subtitled by a geographic location—Medillin, Kuala Lumpur, Osaka, Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes—drawing on the psychogeographic associations produced by the affective names of industrial colors and paints. Art d'Ameublement refers to Erik Satie's Furniture Music (Musique d’ameublement)—a series of infinitely repetitive compositions meant to be background music for different occasions (aural decor). Spray paint is where solid substance meets air. Her Negative Entropy works make use of a Jacquard loom, considered by many historians to be a proto-computer due to its programmability using digital information on punch cards to generate weavings. The Negative Entropy textiles depict image information derived by Tajima from two sources: one, from loom facilities and other manufacturing plants; two, “lights-out” facilities, data centers where limited human oversight is required. In these textile works, Tajima is connecting two moments in the history of digital technology, demonstrating the malleability of coded information as it traverses from sound to image to exquisite fabric.

The Pranayama series is a group of sculptures carved from solid materials that have been punctured by bronze nozzles cast from actual Jacuzzi jets in a diagram of bodily pressure points, connoting a release of energy and the potential for output and flow. Pranayama refers to breathing exercises which control the flow of prana or life energy. While other works from the Pranayama series have involved intricate forms deeply carved into wood or marble, this latest monolithic work is crafted from Rose Quartz; this will be the first time Tajima uses this material. Rose Quartz was selected as a material for its physical properties and ability to transform bodily energy, generate electricity, and regulate time keeping. Like previous works in the Pranayama series, this new piece evokes the external imperative to reform the body in relation with the spiritual practice of ‘opening’ the body through internal regulation.

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: Æther at Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey; TOUCHLESS, Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Dirty Protests, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Programmed, Whitney Museum of American Art, 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: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Albright-Know Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Born 1975 in Los Angeles, CA. Lives and works in New York, NY.


M.F.A., Columbia University, School of Arts, New York, NY

Post Graduate Apprentice, The Fabric Workshop and Museum Apprentice Training Program, Philadelphia, PA                       
B.A., Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA


Pace Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland (Forthcoming)
Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (Forthcoming)
Mika Tajima, Dazaifu Tenmangu, Fukuoka, Japan (Forthcoming)              
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (Forthcoming)
Mika Tajima: You Must Be Free, Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles, CA 

Mika Tajima: Pranayama (Monolith, F, Rose Quartz), Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles, CA
REGULATION, Simon Lee Gallery, Fukoka, Japan

Mika Tajima: PSYCHO GRAPHICS, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA
Mika Tajima: PSYCHO GRAPHICS, Art Production Fund, Los Angeles, CA

Mika Tajima: Ulterior, Francesca Minini, Milan, Italy
Aether, curated by Margot Norton, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey

Touchless, Taro Nasu, Tokyo, Japan
AIR, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Meridian (Gold), Sculpture Center, New York, NY 
Embody, 11R, New York, NY
Emotion Commune, Protocinema, Istanbul, Turkey

Human Synth, Taro Nasu, Tokyo, Japan

Total Body Conditioning, Art in General, New York, NY
Negative Entropy, Eleven Rivington, New York, NY

Total Body Conditioning, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisbon, Portugal

Pineapples and Pyramids, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (commission)
The Architect’s Garden, UT Visual Art Center, Austin, TX
After the Martini Shot, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY

The Double, Bass Museum, Miami, FL

The Extras, X Initiative, New York, NY

Deal or No Deal, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FL
The Double, The Kitchen, NY, NY
The Double, Centre for Opinions on Music and Art, Berlin, Germany

Thin Line, Circuit, Lausanne, Switzerland
New Humans: Disassociate, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY

Echoplex, Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York, NY


Hawai'i Triennial 2022 (HT22), Honolulu, Hawaii
Speculative Portraits, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (Forthcoming) 
Worlds of Network, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (Forthcoming) 

Sculpture, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA
Painting, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA
gesture, form, technique V, Taro Nasu, Tokyo, Japan
#MuseumFromHome, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

IF THE SNAKE, curated by Pierre Huyghe, Okayama Art Summit, Okayama,
Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Sea Sick in Paradise, Depart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA                     
COLORI, Castello di Rivoli and GAM, Torino, Italy
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

11th Gwangju Biennale, curated by Maria Lind, South Korea,                 
Jean-Pascal Flavien & Mika Tajima, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA

Office Space, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Painting @ The Very Edge of Art, University of Connecticut Contemporary Art Galleries, Storrs, CT
Incorporate Me, CCS Bard Galleries and the Hessel Museum of Art, New York, NY

Pier 54, High Line Art, New York, NY
New Generation, Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkirk, France
Soft Shock, Eli Ping Frances Perkins,New York,NY
Display, University of Connecticut Contemporary Art Galleries, Storrs, CT

New Humans, Bureau, New York, NY
Roppongi Crossing 2013: Out of Doubt, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
The Fruit Loop, Soloway, New York ,NY
Midori Mambo Black Russian (two-person exhibition with Sam Moyer), Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Negative Entropy (two-person exhibition with Jimmy Raskin), onestar press, Paris, France
Paint Things: Beyond the Stretcher, Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
Beyond the Object, Brand New Gallery, Milano, Italy

Stage Presence, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Surface in Volume, Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy
New York: Directions, Points of Interest, Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy
Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

Temporary Structures: Performing Architecture in Contemporary Art, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Blur: Art /Design Cross Pollination, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
I don’t know if it makes any sense – I feel quite dizzy and a little drunk due to the blow. I will return with more info shortly…, IMO, Copenhagen, Denmark
Flags for Venice, Istituto Svizzero di Roma and Swiss Institute New York, Venice, Italy
Summer Whites, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY
Common Love, Aesthetics of Becoming, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Maybe I should have called it ‘My Life in Nineteen Minutes’, Calder Foundation Project, New York, NY
Transaction Abstraite (two-person show with Charles Atlas), New Galerie, Paris, France
Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami, FL

Today I Made Nothing, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY
Wait for Me at the Bottom of the Pool curated by Bob Nickas, Bridgehampton, NY
Mixtapes, Lewis Gluckman Gallery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Knight’s Move, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY
Passing Time, 80WSE Gallery NYU, New York, NY
Interference, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Second Look (at the Surface), Kuenstlerhaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria
Blank/Bosluk, Marquise Dance Hall, Istanbul, Turkey
Learn to Communicate Like a Fucking Normal Person, Art Production Fund, New York, NY

Whitney Biennial 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Broken Plaid and other works, RISD Museum, Providence, RI
Some Thing Else, Peter Blum Chelsea, New York, NY
One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now, Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI

Sympathy for the Devil: Rock and Roll in Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Every Revolution is a Roll of the Dice, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
Stripes, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY
Uncertain States of America, Herning Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Uncertain States of America, Center for Contemporary Art Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Bunch, Alliance and Dissolve, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now, Blaffer Art Gallery, Houston, TX
Uncertain States of America, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
Music is a Better Noise, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
PICA Time-Based Art Fest, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now, Asia Society, New York, NY
Uncertain States of America, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Uncertain States of America, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Interface in Your Face, Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York, NY

Uncertain States of America curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Daniel Birnbaum, Astrup Fearnley Museum (Oslo, Norway)
Musica Video Musica curated by Bob Nickas, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Video in Person, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Grass Grows Forever in Every Possible Direction, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Recess: Images and Objects in Formalism, Rush Arts, New York, NY

Solo Project Video Installation, United Bamboo Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan
New Humans: Grass grows forever in every possible direction featuring design collaboration with United Bamboo, Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York, NY

Club in the Shadow, Kenny Schachter ConTEMPorary, New York, NY
Surface Tension, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
New Humans presented by Sherman Magazine, Maccarone, New York, NY
Container Exhibition, Tokyo Design Week, Tokyo, Japan

Comfort Zone, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Get Out, Paley Gallery at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Foreign Body, White Columns, NY, NY
My Imaginary Friends, Parlour Projects, Brooklyn, NY
A Complement to Love, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA


“Post Script” for Book Machine organized by Christophe Boutin and Melanie Scarciglia, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

The Pedestrians with Charles Atlas, South London Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Today is Not a Dress Rehearsal with Charles Atlas and New Humans, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

New Humans: Disassociate with New Humans, Vito Acconci, José León Cerrillo, Philippe Decrauzat, C. Spencer Yeh, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY


Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
CCS Bard, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
The Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, PA
FRAC Nord Pas de Calais, France
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
New York Public Library, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco, CA
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yale University, Sterling Library, New Haven, CT