TabaimoApril 21-July 9, 2010
Curated by Susan Sollins
601Artspace is pleased to present a large-scale video installation, dolefullhouse (2007), by the Japanese artist Tabaimo, along with a selection of drawings from her Tawamushi (2008) series. Utilizing sophisticated computer animation technology, thousands of drawings, and a palette that refers to the tradition of Japanese woodblock prints, Tabaimo's video installations, including dolefullhouse, are presented within and upon a constructed space that creates a sense of physical or psychological intimacy. As a viewer, one is enclosed in the space itself, and placed temporarily in an intimacy of subject matter: engagement and detachment play against one another within the implied story of dolefullhouse, and in its means of execution which, in addition to printmaking, draws upon manga and anime. About this work, Tabaimo says, " I want to create layers of worlds."
Born in Hyogo, Japan in 1975, the young Ayako Tabata was given the nickname Tabaimo (meaning "Tabata's little sister") at an early age. In 1999, Tabaimo exhibited her undergraduate thesis work, Japanese Kitchen (1999) and was awarded the prestigious Kirin Contemporary Award, marking the beginning of her international career. In 2001, she was the youngest artist invited to participate in the Yokohama Triennale. Her work has been shown in international group exhibitions such as the 2002 São Paolo Biennial, the 2006 Biennale of Sydney, the 2007 Venice Biennale, and as part of Philagrafika 2010 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA. She has had solo exhibitions at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Cartier Foundation, Paris; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and will mount a solo exhibition at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London in May 2010.
Susan Sollins is the Executive Director of the Award-winning PBS series Art:21--Art in the 21st Century, a project of the not-for-profit organization, Art21, which she co-founded in 1997. Sollins is also co-founder and Executive Director Emerita of Independent Curators International, a non-profit organization that creates traveling exhibitions of contemporary art worldwide. In 2008, she received the Skowhegan Governors Award for Outstanding Service to Artists, awarded annually by the Board of Governors of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Image: Tabaimo, Dolefullhouse, 2007, video installation. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery, NY