Central Library, Lobby Gallery
Dwellings: An Installation by Mika Tajima
Curated by Corridor Gallery
Artist Talk: Wednesday, March 10 6 PM, Lobby Gallery
Visit the Central Library’s Lobby Gallery to see the captivating work of Brooklyn artist Mika Tajima. Tajima’s sculpture – a large silver igloo constructed of Mylar – is a shiny symbol of Modern utopia. Its clean lines and shiny surface represent purity and technological advances.
For a long time, I have been interested in spaces that are in-between or are created in liminal locations, such as this narrow Lobby Gallery. For me these locations are metaphors for our multi-dimensional experiences and how overlapped and in-between our identities and social locations are in the world today. My igloo functions not only as sculpture, but also symbolically as a clubhouse and reading area, a new kind of social space.
The igloo or dome is replete with symbolism, referencing the utopianism of the Modern era, the purity of clean lines and technological advances. Now, the ideology and many symbols of Modernism have fallen. The dome is made of Mylar — a material that literally reflects its own frailty and the viewer’s own gaze, yet nods to the shiny past of utopian ideals. In this age, one can think about ideals and a perfect world, but with much self-reflection and soberness. My piece is a reflection of this.
Mika Tajima is a Brooklyn-based artist, who originally hails from Los Angeles, California. She has exhibited her work in many group and solo shows including 25Hrs, The Video Art Foundation (Barcelona, Spain, 2003); New Humans Collective (Long Island City, NY, 2003); Stray Art Fair (Chicago, IL, 2002) and many other venues. She is the recipient of two World Studio Foundation Scholarships and a Barbara Rubin Prize. Ms. Tajima holds a Master of Fine Art (MFA) degree from Columbia University.
This exhibition is curated by the Corridor Gallery as part of a three-part, multi-artist exhibition series called Dwellings. The site-specific installations are designed to engage the notion of space in general, and of dwelling, specifically. The Corridor Gallery was founded in 1996 as an adjunct site for the Manhattan-based Rush Arts Gallery and Resource Center. Its mission is to provide the Brooklyn community with access to emerging visual artists and poets.
Lobby Gallery exhibitions are supported by a grant from The Greenwall Foundation.