(Image: Nobutaka Aozaki, Names on Starbucks Cups; © Nobutaka Aozaki)
Nobutaka Aozaki (b. 1977, Kagoshima, Japan)
My work is often made or activated by other people. This method questions the dichotomy, as well as creates an opportunity for a covert exchange between what is considered artistic and non-artistic labor. By making with others I also seek to complicate the notion of authorship, and escape the solid identity of a mere author of an artwork. I am interested in the tension between how much an artist makes and how much an artist doesn't make in production of an artwork.
Production of my art works happens simultaneously with the most mundane everyday interactions in New York City life, such as grocery shopping, passing by a street portraitist, or buying a cup of coffee and my works becomes like diaries or measuring devices of my everyday life.
(Image: Nobutaka Aozaki, From Here to There; © Nobutaka Aozaki)
Education: MFA Hunter College, Studio Art, New York, NY, 2012. BFA School of Visual Arts, Fine Arts Department, New York, NY, 2005-2007.
Nobutaka Aozaki is an artist based in New York. He was born in Kagoshima, a southern prefecture in Japan. Since his arrival to New York in 2005, Nobutaka attended School of Visual Arts for two years and is now completing Hunter College’s MFA Program. His recent exhibitions include Play It Again at Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York, Art in Odd Places 2011, New York, and New Filmmakers at Anthology Film Archives, New York.
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