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Ken Okiishi

American, b. 1978

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Ken Okiishi

American, b. 1978

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Working primarily in video, Ken Okiishi has explored subjects such as the psychogeography of New York and Berlin, memory formation, and global data streams. In (Goodbye to) Manhattan (2010), Okiishi’s reimagining of Woody Allen’s Manhattan, he explores the fantastical perception in New York of Berlin as a utopian center of art production. “This is, on the one hand, an autobiographical reality (I've been going back and forth between Berlin and New York for the last nine or so years); it is also an often fraught channel of cultural exchange,” he has said. In The Very Quick of the Word (2013), Okiishi examines human memory by way of gestural paintings and unstable video recordings played on VHS tapes. He has frequently collaborated with his partner, the artist Nick Mauss.

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Biography

Working primarily in video, Ken Okiishi has explored subjects such as the psychogeography of New York and Berlin, memory formation, and global data streams. In (Goodbye to) Manhattan (2010), Okiishi’s reimagining of Woody Allen’s Manhattan, he explores the fantastical perception in New York of Berlin as a utopian center of art production. “This is, on the one hand, an autobiographical reality (I've been going back and forth between Berlin and New York for the last nine or so years); it is also an often fraught channel of cultural exchange,” he has said. In The Very Quick of the Word (2013), Okiishi examines human memory by way of gestural paintings and unstable video recordings played on VHS tapes. He has frequently collaborated with his partner, the artist Nick Mauss.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
Articles Featuring Ken Okiishi
Five Questions for Stuart Comer
Mar 5th, 2014
Five Questions for Stuart Comer
A (Frieze) Day in the Life of Ken Okiishi
Oct 18th, 2013
A (Frieze) Day in the Life of Ken Okiishi
How Frieze Projects Curator Nicola Lees Is Making Her Mark This Year
Oct 12th, 2013
How Frieze Projects Curator Nicola Lees Is Making Her Mark This Year
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