Variations on a Theme
November 30, 2007–January 25, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, November 30, 8–10 pm
Mirror Displacements, Bed, 2007, acrylic on glass, 30 x 30 in. (77 x 77 cm)
New York-based artist Akiko Ichikawa presents new work for her first
solo exhibition at Triton Gallery, LLC. An extension of her drawing,
performance, and installation pieces, the show consists of
documentation of a series of installations that the artist staged in
her own apartment as well as a series of collages. Variations on a
Theme opens November 30 and continues through January 25, 2008.
There will be an opening reception with the artist present on Friday,
November 30 from 8 to 10 pm.
Mirror Displacement, Bed, 2007, acrylic on glass, 12 x 12 in. (30.8 x 30.8 cm)
Mirror Displacements draws upon her previous work with text, the
artist's affinity for using building construction material, as well as
her long-held interest in the legacy of American Minimalism, as
embodied particularly in the work of Robert Smithson and Carl Andre.
As with Smithson's Non-Sites, for example, the installations call to
attention previously marginalized spaces; although here it is the
quotidian urban domestic interior rather than the Yucatan or
post-industrial New Jersey that becomes material, and, thus, a figure
for the spaces that now seem increasingly out of our reach, right
under our noses, defined not by geography but by the time and space
constraints in contemporary urban life. Doubling also as functional coke
mirrors, Mirror Displacements, like A Box of Smile, the mirror-in-a-box
work of Yoko Ono, also underscores the charming utility of its
material, but in a manner more pointed and shrewd, to comment on our
less innocent and politically apathetic times.
Variations on a Theme #13, 2007, collage on paper, 3 x 3.5 in. (7.6 x 9 cm)
The Variations on a Theme collage series uses a representation of a
piece of simple and modern but un-iconic furniture, the 'Wilson
Liftup' by the Brooklyn-based design firm Wonk. Being modeled in a
manner that could have pleased Judd, LeWitt, and Robert Morris (or
perhaps one of the three), its shape allows ample but grounded space
for interpretation, marrying Duchampian transformation with formal play.
Variations on a Theme #19, 2007, collage on paper, 3 x 3.5 in. (7.6 x 9 cm)
Akiko Ichikawa's work has been exhibited at Andrew Kreps Gallery,
Momenta Art, P.S.122 Gallery, Triple Candie, Socrates Sculpture Park
and in PERFORMA 05 at Artist’s Space. Her work has been reviewed in
the New York Times, Time Out New York and NY Arts. Grants and awards include a Djerassi Artists Residency, the Longwood Cyber Residency, and an Independent Project Grant from Artists Space. Ichikawa has also written for Flash Art, NY Arts and zingmagazine.
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