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"Tomoko Takahashi: Pile Up"
2008-01-11 until 2008-03-30
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Kansas City, MO,
London-based artist Tomoko Takahashi is known for her large-scale installations of everyday waste culled from a world obsessed with consumption. The exhibition Tomoko Takahashi: Pile Up focuses on one of the artist’s works, Abstract No. 2 (2007), a recent acquisition for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition is on view January 11–March 30, 2008, at the Kemper Museum. Admission is free. The Tokyo-born artist’s throwaway aesthetic is explored in her unruly accumulations of mundane objects, such as computer parts, lamps, buckets, tables, clocks, and toys, expressing her ongoing interests in collecting, organizing, archiving, and the underlying logic of chaos.
Her works become complex, tumultuous, and enveloping excursions into consumption, rubbish, and recycling, and in some installations the artist allows visitors to take away elements. On view in the Barbara Uhlmann Gallery, the work Abstract No. 2 is a seemingly illogical arrangement of folders, boxes, and hundreds of photographs, suggesting the remnants of an abandoned photographic archive. This work was part of the group exhibition Organizing Chaos, on view May 24–October 7, 2007, at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, New York.
In 2000, Takahashi was nominated for England’s prestigious contemporary art award, the Turner Prize, and she has had numerous exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States, including the Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery, both in London, the Hammer Museum of Art at University of California-Los Angeles, and the Drawing Center in New York. Born in 1966, Takahashi is a graduate of the Tama Art University, Tokyo, and Goldsmiths College and the Slade School of Fine Art, both in London.
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