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Koki Tanaka

Japanese, b. 1975

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Koki Tanaka

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Japanese, b. 1975

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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. Tanaka’s recent projects have included performances in which he receives a haircut by nine hairdressers at the same time, or invents overly complicated ways to complete simple tasks like entering a house or a car.

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Dallas Museum of Art, and 1 more
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ICA London, and 3 more
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Artforum, and 4 more
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Biography

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. Tanaka’s recent projects have included performances in which he receives a haircut by nine hairdressers at the same time, or invents overly complicated ways to complete simple tasks like entering a house or a car.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Dallas Museum of Art, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
ICA London, and 3 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 5 more