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Mamiko Otsubo
updated: 07/03/2012
website: www.mamiko.biz
 
   
 
 
     
 
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p. 124, 129 (Yellow with Stripes)
p. 111, 118 (Leaf Face)
p.63 (Henry Moore Nose)
p. 194, 196 (Duchamp Red)
p. 84 (Calder Smile)
p. 33, 36 (DADA)
p. 49, 60 (Silver with Big Mouth)
p. 202 (Saul Bass)
p. 75 (Burnt Umber Jackson Pollock)
p. 207 (Miffy Orange)
Untitled (2 gold sticks 2 clouds)
Untitled (black purple)
Untitled (black stand, 3 black dots)
Untitled (Pacman)
Concrete Moon
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, collage, humor, geometric, landscape, architecture, biomorphic, conceptual, still life, process
 
 
p. 124, 129 (Yellow with Stripes) by Mamiko Otsubo
p. 124, 129 (Yellow with Stripes)
acrylic paint on cut book pages; mounted on linen book cover
2010
11" x  9"  x 1.5" 
p. 111, 118 (Leaf Face) by Mamiko Otsubo
p. 111, 118 (Leaf Face)
acrylic paint on cut book pages mounted on linen book cover
2010
11" x  9"  x 1.25" 
p.63 (Henry Moore Nose) by Mamiko Otsubo
p.63 (Henry Moore Nose)
Vinyl adhesive and acrylic paint on cut book pages; mounted on linen book cover
2011
11" x  9"  x 1.5" 
p. 194, 196 (Duchamp Red) by Mamiko Otsubo
p. 194, 196 (Duchamp Red)
acrylic paint on cut book pages; mounted on linen book cover
2010
11" x  9"  x 1.5" 
p. 84 (Calder Smile) by Mamiko Otsubo
p. 84 (Calder Smile)
acrylic paint on cut book pages; mounted on linen book cover
2010
11" x  9"  x 1.25" 
p. 33, 36 (DADA) by Mamiko Otsubo
p. 33, 36 (DADA)
acrylic paint on cut book pages; mounted on linen book cover
2010
11" x  9"  x 1.5" 
p. 49, 60 (Silver with Big Mouth) by Mamiko Otsubo
p. 49, 60 (Silver with Big Mouth)
acrylic paint on cut book pages; mounted on linen book cover
2010
11" x  9"  x 1.5" 
p. 202 (Saul Bass) by Mamiko Otsubo
p. 202 (Saul Bass)
acrylic paint on cut book pages; mounted on linen book cover
2010
11" x  9"  x 1.5" 
p. 75 (Burnt Umber Jackson Pollock) by Mamiko Otsubo
p. 75 (Burnt Umber Jackson Pollock)
acrylic paint on cut book pages; mounted on linen book cover
2010
11" x  9"  x 1.5" 
p. 207 (Miffy Orange) by Mamiko Otsubo
p. 207 (Miffy Orange)
acrylic paint on cut book pages; mounted on linen book cover
2011
11" x  9"  x 1.5" 
Untitled (2 gold sticks 2 clouds) by Mamiko Otsubo
Untitled (2 gold sticks 2 clouds)
vinyl adhesive and acetate on mylar
2011
0" x  0" 
Untitled (black purple) by Mamiko Otsubo
Untitled (black purple)
vinyl adhesive on mylar
2010
14" x  17" 
Untitled (black stand, 3 black dots) by Mamiko Otsubo
Untitled (black stand, 3 black dots)
vinyl adhesive, office stickers on mylar
2011
14" x  11" 
Untitled (Pacman) by Mamiko Otsubo
Untitled (Pacman)
vinyl adhesive and acetate on mylar
2010
14" x  17" 
Concrete Moon by Mamiko Otsubo
Concrete Moon
Cast concrete embedded flush into drywall
2010
6.5" x  6.5" 

Artist Statement
The arrangements of words written by Gertrude Stein maintain individual meaning and identification while simultaneously leading a double life. One where tone and rhythm act as materials and build forms. It is not the appearance of a word that is significant, but the manner of its reappearance. She knocks words and sentences apart with brutal humor and flexibility, revealing an expanded field of conceptual possibilities. Her words manage to be simultaneously general and specific. Her concrete exactitude of perception butted right up against its resulting field of abstraction has greatly informed my approach to object making.

Objects that garner my interest have a double life. There is the life that everyone knows about; a life that is part of a collective knowledge regarding objects and materials. Therein lies unconsciously digested information about standard sizes, temperatures, weights, smells, surfaces, associations to various uses. That is the vernacular, inseparable from the object, fused to it’s identity and material. What I am interested in is the friction, the small violence that is sparked when the accepted knowledge of the THING, rubs up against the actuality of the arrangement the thing now finds itself in: the artwork. These points of friction serve as portals into an abstract headspace. My interest in materiality and the vernacular of materials is more accurately an interest in presence (and the present tense) versus Image. Within my works, the pictorial and the imagistic are used merely as a general, all-purpose tool; a convenient marker for where this friction takes place.

The masks project began as an exercise to see if this double life could be unlocked from the most time specific, the most authored, and the most historicized of objects: texts and photographic images. Cutting open old art history books from the 60’s, knowingly participating in what would commonly be accepted as a heretical activity, I attempt to surgically fashion a new face for the now dead and irrelevant objects.

Artist Bio / CV

Mamiko Otsubo
b. 1974 in Nishinomiya City, Japan.

EDUCATION
2004 MFA; Yale University
2002 BFA; Art Center College of Design
1997 BA in Economics; UCSD


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 Lullin+Ferrari, Zurich

2013 Hennigsen Gallery, Copenhagen

2012 Idea/Equivalent, Horton Gallery, NY

2010 masks, CRL at Winkleman, NY
2007 cuts, Spielhaus Morrison Galerie, Berlin
2006 rub, Galerie Mark Müller, Zurich

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012

Group Show, curated by Dawn Kasper, David Zwirner, NY

UR, Room East, NY

Look, Look, Look, and Look Again. Lullin+Ferrari, Zurich

Kasper Sonne and Mamiko Otsubo. Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Armory Show, NY

2011
Organs in the Snow, Louis V.E.S.P., Brooklyn
Bold Tendencies 5, London
2010
Forms of Reason, Lullin+Ferrari, Zurich
Reader’s Delight, McKenzie Fine Art, NY
Visual Voices 2010, Rutgers State University
2009
N-1 Transitional Relationships, Museo Patino, Bolivia
Offset, Hudson Franklin, NY
Prose pour des Esseintes, Karma International, Zurich
2008
Blank Complexity, Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt
Works from the Rolf Ricke Collection, Villa Merkel Bahnwärter Haus, Esslingen
The Dark Fair, Swiss Institute, NY
Art & Entrepreneurship by Credit Suisse, Dubai, NY, Moscow, Geneva, Milan, London.
2007
Art Supernova, Art Basel Miami Beach, Punto Gris
Aquarium Show, Frieze, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, NY
Camilla Low, Mamiko Otsubo, and Stefan Thater, Daniel Reich at Hotel Chelsea, NY
The Happiness of Objects, SculptureCenter, NY
You Come Home, Mark Müller, Zurich
2006
Milwaukee International, Karma International, Milwaukee
EAF 06, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY
Salad Days, Artist Space, NY
2005
I Woke Up in a Strange Place, Moti Hasson, NY
Material World, Public Art Fund, Metro Tech Center, NY
2004
Protuberance(s), Buia Gallery, NY
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Yale
2003
Cross-Town Traffic, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT
MFA Candidate Exhibition, Yale
2002
MFA Candidate Exhibition, Yale
Juried Selections, ACCD, Pasadena
2001
Senior Thesis I & II, ACCD, Pasadena
2000
They Came from Within, Bradbury Building, Los Angeles
Ping Pong, Studio Space, Eagle Rock, CA