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UCI Emerging Artists Series: A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt) by Koki Tanaka

A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt)
by Koki Tanaka

OPENING RECEPTION   JAN. 12  6:00-9:00 P.M.

Koki Tanaka’s A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt), continues Room Gallery’s Emerging Artist Series.  Tanaka’s interdisciplinary art practice – combining painting, video, photography and sculpture – captures the ordinary, everyday event or object in its most poetic transformation.  The artist’s task of discovery entails carefully documenting what he has accidentally encountered — things we ordinarily overlook.  Along the way, Tanaka gives himself over to a place in the legacy of Andre Breton’s surrealist encounters, David Hammon’s fluxus performances, Bruce Nauman’s paradoxical propositions and Douglas Hueblers durational pieces.  Specifically, Tanaka’s art derives from an action that he instigates in a given site: selling old palm fronds as a vendor in local flea market; showing sculptures to a friend’s dog; or orchestrating a haircut simultaneously performed by a team of hairdressers.  Derived in post-recession Japan – and continued in the current US recession – Tanaka’s ongoing project springs from an economy of means and the absurdity of chance.  In the end, he provides an unexpected, sublime experience of our quotidian lives.  Tanaka’s newest project – A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt) for Room Gallery – will be the latest stop in the artist’s global journey

Koki Tanaka was born in Tochigi, Japan, and lives and works in Los Angeles.  He has been exhibited internationally in the world’s most prestigious museums and Biennials.  This fall he was featured in Yokohoma Trienniale, which was inagurated in 2001 as the leading tri-annual international exhibition of contemporary art in Japan.  He will also participate in the inaugural Los Angeles Biennale, jointly organized by LA><Art and the Hammer Museum.  In the past, his work has been featured in Witte de With / Rotterdam; The 7th Gwangju Biennale / Korea; The Museum of Modern Art  / New York; and the Centre Pompidou / Paris.


Room Gallery (Building 727, Room 1200)
(949) 824-9854

Fall and Winter Hours/Professional Exhibitions:  Tuesdays through Saturdays,  Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Galleries are closed Sundays and Mondays.

Artists, titles and dates are subject to change.

Curated by Juli Carson, Gallery Director

OPENING RECEPTION   JAN. 12  6:00-9:00 P.M.

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