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Rose quartz with glass nozzles on its surface on wood pedestal and glass object with cast bronze...
Installation view: Mika Tajima: Super Natural. Hill Art Foundation, May 3–July 26, 2024. © Hill Art Foundation. Photo: Matthew Herrmann.
Two Rose Quartz sculptures with cast bronze jacuzzi jet nozzles on its surface placed on wooden...
Installation view: Mika Tajima: Super Natural. Hill Art Foundation, May 3–July 26, 2024. © Hill Art Foundation. Photo: Matthew Herrmann.
Three Rose Quartz sculptures with cast bronze jacuzzi jet nozzles on its surface placed on wooden...
Installation view: Mika Tajima: Super Natural. Hill Art Foundation, May 3–July 26, 2024. © Hill Art Foundation. Photo: Matthew Herrmann.

Through her work, Mika Tajima makes us aware of the invisible structures of communal existence through our ever-evolving relationship with technology and the built environment. The title of this exhibition, Super Natural, draws on the notion of an order of existence that exceeds the laws of nature and stretches beyond the observable universe. Inside the cultural economies of heightened technological efficiency and optimization, the boundaries between our authentic and digital identities have become blurred to the point of unrecognizability. Our individual and communal agencies, which so often are vulnerable and contingent, are subjects of deep inquiry as transitory agents at the threshold between familiarity and otherness.

Multicolor textile in wood frame hung on white wall and gold paper cutouts in the shape of Jacuzzi...
Installation view: Mika Tajima: Super Natural. Hill Art Foundation, May 3–July 26, 2024. © Hill Art Foundation. Photo: Matthew Herrmann.

Super Natural presents a selection of Tajima’s latest bodies of work, from her Negative Entropy textiles to her Pranayama monoliths, Anima and Mirror blown glass sculptures, Ulterior air-jet wallpaper, and Art d’Ameublement thermoformed paintings. Together these works integrate ancient practices with electromagnetic energy to penetrate the psyche as well as control, regulate, and augment one’s mental state through the body. According to the artist, “Under the regime of techno-capitalism, we are the subject of contactless forces from within and beyond. In my practice, I’m transmediating between the invisible and the material to represent and understand the agency of being uncontainable, unreachable, and not yet knowable.”

Tajima visualizes the various states in which we hover among the many relational spaces outside ourselves. The exhibition interrogates the location of agency in our somatic experience of the world, which is increasingly abounding in artificial intelligence, by reminding us that life still has physicality through the invisible and the unknowable.

—Mika Yoshitake

Two standing Wooden Planks with figurative impressions and gold jet nozzles on its surface on the...
Installation view: Mika Tajima: Super Natural. Hill Art Foundation, May 3–July 26, 2024. © Hill Art Foundation. Photo: Matthew Herrmann.
Bios

Mika Tajima is an artist whose practice materializes techniques developed to shape the physicality, productivity, and desires of the human body. Her sculptures, paintings, videos, and installations focus on the embodied experience of ortho-architectonic control and computational life. From architectural systems to ergonomic design to psychographic data, Tajima’s works operate in the space between the immaterial and the tangible to create heightened encounters that target the senses and emotions of the viewer, underlining the dynamics of control and agency.

Mika Yoshitake is a Los Angeles–based independent curator who earned her PhD in art history from UCLA, which culminated in the AICA-USA award-winning exhibition Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha (Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2012). She has organized museum retrospectives of Yayoi Kusama (M+ Hong Kong), Yoshitomo Nara (LACMA), and Lee Ufan (Guggenheim) as well as organized group shows on contemporary Japanese art, including Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s (Blum & Poe, 2019). Formerly a curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2011–18), she is currently guest curating Breath(e): Toward Climate and Social Justice (Hammer Museum, 2024) as part of the Getty’s PST ART: Art & Science Collide.

Glass object with cast bronze jacuzzi jet nozzles on its surface against white background

Mika Tajima 

Anima 6, 2020

Glass, cast bronze jacuzzi jet nozzles

19 × 20 × 14 inches (48.3 × 50.8 × 36.5 cm) 

Glass object with gold nozzles at its surface against white background

Mika Tajima

Anima 14, 2021

Glass, cast bronze Jacuzzi jet nozzles

17 × 14 × 15 inches (43.2 × 35.6 × 38.1 cm)

Glass object with cast bronze jacuzzi jet nozzle on its surface against white background.

Mika Tajima

Anima 28, 2021

Glass, cast bronze jacuzzi jet nozzles

9 ½ × 6 ½ inches (19.1 × 24.1 × 16.5 cm)

Glass object with cast bronze jacuzzi jet nozzles on its surface against white background.

Mika Tajima

Anima 34, 2022

Glass, cast bronze jacuzzi jet nozzles

14 × 10 × 8 inches (35.6 × 25.4 × 20.3 cm)

Glass object with cast bronze jacuzzi jet nozzles on its surface against clear glass background.

Mika Tajima

Anima 42, 2022 

Glass, phosphorescent pigment, cast bronze

Jacuzzi jet nozzles

20 × 10 × 9 inches (50.8 × 25.4 × 22.9 cm)

Ombre pink and blue painting against white wall.

Mika Tajima

Art d’Ameublement (Midtryggen), 2024

Spray acrylic, thermoformed PETG

43 × 33 inches (109.2 × 83.8 cm)

Ombre purple and orange painting against white wall

Mika Tajima

Art d’Ameublement (Raudvika), 2024

Spray acrylic, thermoformed PETG

43 × 33 inches (109.2 × 83.8 cm)

Ombre green blue and black painting against white wall.

Mika Tajima

Art d’Ameublement (Telok Kambing), 2020

Spray enamel, thermoformed PETG

72 × 54 inches (182.9 × 137.2 cm)

Ombre blue and green painting against white wall

Mika Tajima

Art d’Ameublement (Victoriaterrasse), 2024

Spray acrylic, thermoformed PETG

43 × 33 inches (109.2 × 83.8 cm)

Matte black object with gold jacuzzi jet nozzles on its surface against white background.

Mika Tajima

Mirror 1, 2019

Mold-blown glass, plasti dip

20 × 13 × 13 inches (50.8 × 33.1 cm)

Matte black object with curved indentations against white background

Mika Tajima

Mirror 2, 2019

Mold-blown glass, plasti dip

19 ¾  × 13 × 11 ½ inches (50.2 × 33.1 × 29.2 cm)

Matte black object with opening facing the viewer against white background

Mika Tajima

Mirror 3, 2019

Mold-blown glass, plasti dip, gold chromed jacuzzi jet nozzles

19 ¼ × 13 ¾ × 12 ¼ inches (48.9 × 34.9 × 31.1 cm)

Blue, purple, and multicolor textile framed with wood against white wall.

Mika Tajima

Negative Entropy (Deep Brain Stimulation, Blue, Double), 2024

Cotton, polyester, nylon, wool acoustic, baffling felt, white oak

54 ⅝  × 43 ⅜  × 2 ⅜  inches (138.7 × 110.2 × 6.1 cm)

Burgundy, red, and purple multicolor textile with wood frame on white wall.

Mika Tajima

Negative Entropy (Inscape, Breathing Exercise, Full Width, Burgundy, Hex), 2024

Cotton, nylon, polyester, wool, acoustic, baffling felt, white oak

55 ⅞ × 109 ⅞ x 2 ⅘ inches (141.9 × 279.1 × 7.5 cm)

Orange, pink, and blue multicolor textile in wood frame on white wall

Mika Tajima

Negative Entropy (Seishoji Priest Prayer Drumming, Peach, Single), 2024

Cotton, polyester, nylon, wool, acoustic baffling felt, white oak

36 ⅞ × 28 ⅛ × 2 ⅜ inches (93.7 × 71.4 × 6 cm)

Purple and green multicolor textile with wood frame on white wall.

Mika Tajima

Negative Entropy (Sound Bath, Purple, Full Width, Exa), 2024

Cotton, polyester, wool acoustic baffling felt, aluminum, white oak

212 ½ × 3 ¾ × 130 ⅞ inches (83.6 × 1.5 × 51.5 cm)

Rose quartz with glass nozzles on its surface on white pedestal against white wall

Mika Tajima

Pranayama (Figurine, 2, Rose Quartz), 2024

Rose quartz, cast bronze jacuzzi jet nozzles

15 × 9 ½  × 11 inches (38.1 × 24.1 × 27.9 cm)

Wooden plank with figurative indentations and gold nozzles at its surface against white background.

Mika Tajima

Pranayama (Monolith, A), 2018

CNC milled walnut wood, gold chromed jacuzzi jet nozzles, steel

72 ½ × 27 × 20 inches (184.2 × 68.6 × 50.8 cm)

Standing Wooden Plank with figurative impressions and gold jet nozzles on its surface against white...

Mika Tajima

Pranayama (Monolith, B), 2018

CNC milled walnut wood, gold chromed jacuzzi jet nozzles, steel

72 ½ × 27 × 20 inches (184.2 × 68.6 × 50.8 cm)

Rose Quartz with cast bronze jacuzzi jet nozzles on its surface atop wooden pedestal against white...

Mika Tajima

Pranayama (Monolith, J, Rose Quartz), 2023 

Rose quartz, cast bronze jacuzzi jet nozzles

37 ¾ × 27 ¾ × 25 ½ inches (95.9 × 70.5 × 67.3 cm)

Rose Quartz with cast bronze jacuzzi jet nozzles on its surface atop wooden pedestal against white...

Mika Tajima

Pranayama (Monolith, M, Rose Quartz), 2023

Rose quartz, cast bronze Jacuzzi jet nozzles 

30 ½ × 34 × 25 inches (77.5 × 86.4 × 63.5 cm)

Rose Quartz with cast bronze jacuzzi jet nozzles on its surface atop wooden pedestal against white...

Mika Tajima

Pranayama (Monolith, T, Rose Quartz), 2024 

Rose quartz, glass

43 × 27 × 24 inches (109.2 × 68.6 × 61 cm)

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