The Architect’s Garden is a new site-specific exhibition by New York-based artist Mika Tajima, who will be the VAC’s fall artist-in-residence in the Vaulted Gallery. Over the past several years, Tajima has explored the intersection of sculpture, painting, performance, and video, working with people from a wide range of fields creating slippages between rehearsal and performance, architecture and installation, and addressing the legacy of modernism in this post-Fordist time.
Specially created for the VAC, Tajima will construct sculptures that incorporate a framework of scaffolding holding canvas panels printed with a kaleidoscopic collage of images drawn from her interest in modernist designs, formal French gardens, Richard Linklater’s Slacker, and film and theater sets. Other panels will feature projected images from past performances and images drawn from her conversations with people from The University of Texas and Austin communities. These conversations will form the foundation for a series of public programs to take place in the installation.
Generous support for The Architect’s Garden comes from Stratus Properties, Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth, and the W Hotel.
Mika Tajima received her MFA from Columbia University in 2003. Recent solo exhibition venues include the Seattle Art Museum, South London Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Kitchen in New York. Group exhibitions include Knight’s Move at the Sculpture Center, Long Island City; the 2008 Whitney Biennial; and One Way of Another: Asian American Art Now, a touring exhibition organized by the Asia Society, New York. Her work is presented in many catalogs and books, including Vitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation. Tajima lives and works in New York.
Aimee Chang is Manager of Public Programs at The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to moving to Austin, she was Director of Academic and Residency Programs at the Hammer Museum, overseeing the museum’s collaborations with UCLA and the Artist Residency and Artist Council programs. She was previously Curator of Contemporary Art at the Orange County Museum of Art. She has written for exhibition catalogs and journals, including Flash Art and a report on the artist-led, post-Katrina, New Orleans-based project, Transforma. She has served as a juror for United States Artists, the Nimoy Foundation, LA County Metro, and the William H. Johnson Award, and she sits on the board of Clockshop and on the advisory board of LA><Art.