Ei Arakawa: Social Muscle Rehab

When 22 Sep 2021 - 27 Nov 2021
Where Artist Space
11 Cortlandt Alley
New York, NY 10013
United States

Sunday, October 10, 6pm: Book release for the monograph Performance People
Saturday, October 16, 3pm: Outdoor performance in Cortlandt Alley

Artists Space is pleased to present Social Muscle Rehab, an exhibition of new work by Ei Arakawa. In his first American solo institutional exhibition, Arakawa locates two specific nodes of exploration. The first is the erection of ad-hoc outdoor dining corrals throughout New York City as a means of maintaining sociability through the pandemic, which Arakawa and his collaborator Gela Patashuri interlace with a circulatory system of ocean water transported from his hometown of Fukushima, Japan. The second is the mediated world of professional tennis as particularly evident in the complex public image of its most visible star Naomi Osaka.

Japanese-born American artist Ei Arakawa’s exhibitions and performances are often created through fervent collaborations with artists (and at times their artworks), art historians, and with audience members themselves. His activities undertake the lo-fi mimicry, duplication, and embodiment of cultural forms—be they architectural structures, art historical legacies, or organizational systems—to reanimate their potentialities anew. Since the early 2000s, Arakawa has been at the forefront of renewing the visibility and advancement of performance art internationally, and has mined both its historical forms (such as Japanese Gutai, New York’s Fluxus, Happenings, and Judson Dance Theater, and Viennese Actionism) as well as numerous contemporary manifestations of movement, entertainment, and togetherness. His work, initially appearing spontaneous or improvised, is underpinned by a deep commitment to collaboration as well as addressing the specific contexts of the people for which it is created.

Arakawa’s first monograph Performance People is co-published with Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Image courtesy of the event organizer.