About the Artist: Koki Tanaka

Japanese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 23, 2013 4:42PM

Koki Tanaka uses locally sourced and quotidian objects to demonstrate alternatives to the everyday and explore the fortuities of choice. His process, deeply influenced by those of Peter Fischli and David Weiss, and Bruce Nauman, consists of periods of gathering and then assembling. In Tanaka’s own words: “the act of art is editing.” His early works were based on Tanaka’s preoccupation with the form and implications of a loop; in later works, he has begun to present everyday items and actions in counterintuitive ways. Read more.

Portrait by Makiko Nawa.

Japanese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale