Ken Okiishi

Ken Okiishi works in disparate media systems. His works hover over and within relationships between matter and memory, perception and action, image-networks and language-systems, often confronting our digitally and materially entwined culture with hesitation. Working through and with multiple mediums in fused simultaneity (video/painting, writing/video, object-circulation/image-circulation, currency/sculpture, etc.), he incites moments when the “real world” loses its material coherence and where languages and images fall apart. As Okiishi subverts the material claims of the media systems he works with, the glitches that occur illuminate spaces for the production of something other than what has already been.

Ken Okiishi lives and works in New York and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include: Porous Feedback, Arbeiterkammer Wien, Vienna (2015); Gestures, data, feedback, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo (2015); Screen Presence, Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Reena Spaulings, New York (2014); gesture/data, Pilar Corrias, London; (List Projects) Ken Okiishi, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2013); The Very Quick of the Word, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies (2013); Gino/Marcel Duchamp on Streeteast.com, Mathew, Berlin (2012); (Goodbye to), Take Ninagawa, Tokyo (2012); (Goodbye to) Manhattan, Alex Zachary, New York (2010); and (Goodbye to) Manhattan, Mehringdamm 72, Berlin (2010). Recent group exhibitions include: Performing Time, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai (2016); MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (2016); Over you/you, 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana (2015); Cut to Swipe, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); Whitney Biennial 2014, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014); Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London (2013); Speculations on Anonymous Materials, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel 2013); Version Control, Arnolfini, Bristol (2013); Frozen Lakes, Artists Space, New York (2013); Liebe ist Kälter als das Kapital [Love is Colder than Capital], Kunsthaus Bregenz (2013); Perfect Man II, White Columns, New York (2012); The Log-0-Rithmic, GAMeC, Bergamo (2012).

Born 1978 in Ames, Iowa, United States
Lives and works in New York and Berlin

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Fundació Gaspar, Barcelona – ES

2015
Porous Feedback, Arbeiterkammer Wien, Vienna – AT
Gestures, data, feedback, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo – JP

2014
Screen Presence, Projekt 25 / 25 / 25, Museum Ludwig, Cologne – DE
Eggleston und Andere, “reality bites”, Mathew, Berlin – DE
Ken Okiishi, Reena Spaulings, New York – US

2013
gesture/data, Pilar Corrias, London – UK
[List Projects] Ken Okiishi, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts – US
A Way Out As Hovering (curated by Annie Godfrey Larmon), Rongwrong, Amsterdam – NL
The Very Quick of the Word, ( curated by Annie Godfrey Larmon), Hessel Museum of Art, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York – US

2012
(Goodbye to), Take Ninagwawa, Tokyo – JP
Gino / Marcel Duchamp on Streeteasy.com, Mathew, Berlin – DE

2011
Gino / “thinking about moving uptown” / Marcel Duchamp on StreetEasy.com, Alex Zachary, Frieze Art Fair: Frieze Frame, London – UK

2010
(Goodbye to) Manhattan, Mehringdamm 72, Berlin – DE
(Goodbye to) Manhattan, Alex Zachary, New York – US

COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS

2014
Nick Mauss & Ken Okiishi, Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo – BR (with Nick Mauss)

2012
Looking Back: The White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York – US (co-curated with Nick Mauss)

2007
A Fair to Meddling Story, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart – DE (with Nick Mauss)
One Season in Hell, Upstairs at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York – US (with Nick Mauss)

SELECTED PERFORMANCES AND SCREENINGS

2016
The Magazine Sessions 2016 (Emily Sundblad’s Dichterliebe/Divine Bitches Part II featuring Juliana Huxtable and Ken Okiishi), Serpentine Gallery, London – UK

2014
Artists’ Film Biennial, ICA, London – UK (curated screening of works by Leslie Singer & Cecilia Dougherty and Loretta Fahrenholz)
Who Cares if it’s Painting?, panel discussion organised in conjunction with Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010 (with Frances Stark, Carroll Dunham, Wolfgang Tillmans, Ken Okiishi, and Glenn Ligon. Moderated by Kathy Halbreich), The Museum of Modern Art, New York – US

2013
The Sixth Year, Anthology Film Archives, New York – US (Produced by Ludlow 38, New York)
Artists’ Film Club, ICA, London – UK
Pride Goes Before a Fall: Beware of a Holy Whore: an exhibition in two acts, Artists Space, New York – US
(Goodbye to) Manhattan, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg – DE
Telly & Casper / The Deleted Scene, Artists Space Books and Talks, New York – US
El Mundo, Haunted Houses Projects, White Columns & Rainer Ganahl present: Classical Music Concert at El Mundo Third Avenue Theater, El Mundo – All Brand Name, 1852 Third Avenue, New York – US
Domino, I ate it, (with Emily Sundblad), L’Archiduc (organized by Galerie VidalCuglietta), Brussels – BE

2012
Corrected Slogans: A Publication in Four Acts: Act 1: Poems for America: A Rebours
[Aaron Kunin in conversation with Ken Okiishi, moderated by Katie Raissian], Triple Canopy, Brooklyn, New York – US  [podcast: http://canopycanopycanopy.com/podcasts/38-poems-for-america-part-1]
Volcano Extravaganza (with Emily Sundblad), Stromboli, Aeolian Islands – IT
A Hanging at TIMES, TIMES e.V. für Kunst und Kultur, Neukölln, Berlin – DE
Golem, Hamburg – DE 

2011
(Goodbye to) Manhattan, Anthology Film Archives, New York – US

2010
Harpsichord concert, Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin – DE

2009
Circular File Channel: Episode 2005 (2009), Performa 09, New York – US
Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used To Be, (performance series curated by Sharon Hayes and Brook O’Harra) La Mama E.T.C., New York – US

2008
Manhattan soundtrack, Evas Arche und der Feminist, New York – US
Vorstellungsklavier (version 3), Ludlow 38, New York – US

2007
Vorstellungsklavier (version 2), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart – DE
Vorstellungsklavier (version 1), Upstairs at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York – US

2006
E.lliotT.: Children of the New Age (screening), Evas Arche und der Feminist, Berlin – DE

2001
The Good Luck Galleon (broadcast of “Telly and Casper”), Manhattan Neighborhood Network Television – US  

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Performing Time, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai – CN
Poetry as not, with singing
, Artist Web Project, Dia Art Foundation, New York – US
Mixtape 2016, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London – UK
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver – CA

2015
Enter/Exit part of OPEN-ENDED ISSUES: Eine Reihe zu Überproduktion und Ambivalenz in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Kunsthalle Bern – CH
Over you/you, 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, curated by Nicola Lees – SI
The Tell-Tale Heart, organised by K11 Art Foundation, Pilar Corrias Gallery, and Leo Xu Projects, Chi Art Space, Hong Kong – HK

2014
Cut to Swipe, organised by Stuart Corner, Erica Papernik and Leora Morinis, MoMA, New York – US
The Material Image, curated by Deb Singer, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York – US
Whitney Biennial 2014, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York – US

2013
Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London – UK
Speculations on Anonymous Materials, Fridericianum, Kassel – DE
Das Beste vom Besten: Vom riskanten Geschäft der Kunst [On the Risky Business of Art], Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf – DE
Love is still colder than capital, Mathew, Berlin – DE
Version Control, Arnolfini, Bristol – UK
Liebe ist Kälter als das Kapital [Love is Colder than Capital], Kunsthaus Bregenz – AT Frozen Lakes, Artists Space, New York – US

2012
Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting, and modern (curated by Tom Burr), Bortolami, New York – US
TCCA, NEW THEATER 2012-2013, APN Research, autoslides #1-3, shindisi home videos, the deleted scene, a fanzine as a museum /a museum as a fanzine, cut-out bin / apnegative, sci-fi sounds from the alienated kitchen, OOO &&& LLL, hc r 1, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland – CH
The Log-0-Rithmic, GAMeC, Bergamo – IT
Volcano Extravaganza, Stromboli, Aeolian Islands – IT
Films and Windows II, Mathew, Berlin – DE
“During the Second World War, a British sergeant piloting a Kittyhawk fighter plane disappeared in the Sahara Desert. Now employees of an oil company have come upon the plane’s remains within the shifting Egyptian sands. To the joy of historians, the aircraft is astonishingly well-preserved and reveals a great deal about its pilot’s fight for survival”: Heike-Karin Föll, Ken Okiishi, Robin Bruch, Peep-hole, Milan – IT

2011
Grand Opening Part 1, Mathew, Berlin – DE
Perfect Man II, White Columns, New York – US
Books on Books, Swiss Institute, New York – US Based in Berlin, Berlin – DE
Hasta Mañana, Greene Naftali, New York – US Nobody Can Tell the Why of It, 1857, Oslo – NO
I don’t know if it makes any sense – I feel quite dizzy and a little drunk due to the blow. I will return with more info shortly…, IMO, Copenhagen – DK
Chris Kraus, Ken Okiishi, George Perec / Bernard Queysanne and friends, Herald St, London – UK
One is the loneliest number (with Nick Mauss), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia – US

2010
In the Middle of Affairs (curated by Egija Inzule, Tobias Kaspar and Axel J. Wieder), Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart – DE

2009
Head-wig (Portrait of an exhibition), Selected by Paulina Olowska, Camden Arts Centre London – UK
modernmodern (curated by Pati Hertling), Chelsea Art Museum, New York – US
Gennariello, Balice Hertling, Paris – FR
Evas Arche und der Feminist, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis – US

2008
One Season in Hell, MD72, Berlin – DE

2006
When Artists Say We, Artists Space, New York – US
Between the Lines (curated by Nick Mauss), Daniel Reich temporary space at the Chelsea Hotel, New York – US
Sehnsüchtig gleiten Ballone rund um die Welt (KünstlerInnen-Archiv) (curated by Caroline Eggel and Christiane Rekade) Gormannstrasse/Mulackstrasse, Berlin – DE

2005
Exile: New York is a Good Hotel (curated by Anke Kempkes), Broadway 1602, New York – US

2004
Home (organized by Patterson Beckwith), American Fine Arts, Co. at P.H.A.G., New York – US
New Image Art, Los Angeles – US
Nowojorskie Porno (curated by Monika Szczukowska), Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw – PL
Was ist in meiner Wohnung wenn ich nicht da bin? (Programm im Gästezimmer) (curated
by Caroline Eggel and Christiane Rekade) Temporary project space, Berlin – DE

2003
Now Playing, D’Amelio Terras, New York – US
Listen Translate Translate Record (curated by Lanka Tattersall) Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York – US
Karaoke Death Machine, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York – US

2001
Sharing Horizons That Are New to Us, Houghton Gallery, Cooper Union School of Art, New York – US
Coal By Any Other Name: The Journey Towards The Good Taste (compiled and set on stage by Syntax, Early Century Unrest & The Society Of Control” a.k.a. Stephen Dillemuth) American Fine Arts, Co., Colin de Land Fine Art, New York – US

2000
The Anita Pallenberg Story (Video by Laura Cottingham and Leslie Singer, with production still photographs by Aaron Cobbett, Laura Cottingham, Rainer Ganahl, Lucas Michael, Chuck Nanney and Ken Okiishi) Postmasters, New York – US

EDUCATION

2001
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, BFA

“Porous Feedback” at Arbeiterkammer Wien

"Porous Feedback" at Arbeiterkammer Wien

Opening on the 19th of November newly commissioned work Porous Feedback by Ken Okiishi at the Arbeiterkammer of Vienna. The exhibition is curated by Yilmaz Dziewior. Arbeiterkammer Wien 1040 Wien Prinz-Eugen-Straße 20–22 20 November – 29 April 2016 For more information

Ken Okiishi at 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana

Ken Okiishi at 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana

The 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts consists of the main exhibition Over you / you, curated by Nicola Lees with Associate Curator Stella Bottai, which will be on display at the International Centre of Graphic Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, … More

Pilar Corrias at Art Basel Hong Kong 2015

Pilar Corrias at Art Basel Hong Kong 2015

We are excited to announce Pilar Corrias will be participating in Art Basel Hong Kong 2015. The gallery will present works by artists: Koo Jeong A Tala Madani Ken Okiishi Philippe Parreno Shahzia Sikander Rirkrit Tiravanija Tunga Art Basel Hong … More

Ken Okiishi at Museum Ludwig, Köln

Ken Okiishi at Museum Ludwig, Köln

For his Museum Ludwig project Screen Presence, Ken Okiishi has been invited to develop a new work in reflection of works in their collection as part of the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westfalia’s 25/25/25/ project. Building on his series of work gesture/data, which … More

Ken Okiishi at MoMA, New York

Ken Okiishi at MoMA, New York

Ken Okiishi exhibits alongside Dara Birnbaum’s landmark installation PM Magazine (1982) and recent works by Luther Price, James Richards, Hito Steyerl, and The Otolith Group in collaboration with Chris Marker.  The exhibition is comprised primarily of recent acquisitions by the Department of … More

Ken Okiishi in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, New York

Ken Okiishi in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, New York

Ken Okiishi is listed as one of the artists to be included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, taking place in the spring of 2014 at the Whitney Museum of American Art and featuring the work of over 100 artists and … More

Pilar Corrias at Artissima, Turin

Pilar Corrias at Artissima, Turin

Participating at Artissima Pilar Corrias will present new works by artists: CHARLES AVERY ULLA VON BRANDENBURG TALA MADANI SABINE MORITZ ELIZABETH NEEL KEN OKIISHI PHILIPPE PARRENO MARY RAMSDEN JULIÃO SARMENTO RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA ARTISSIMA Turin 8-10 November Booth: 1/2 Corridor Dark … More

Ken Okiishi at Fridericianum, Kassel

Ken Okiishi at Fridericianum, Kassel

Ken Okiishi is included in Speculations on Anonymous Materials at Fridericianum, Kassel. The show brings together approaches in international art that reinterpret the Anonymous Materials created by rapid and incisive technological change. Art’s task changes in a world suffused with generated images. It … More

Ken Okiishi at Frieze Projects 2013, London

Ken Okiishi at Frieze Projects 2013, London

Ken Okiishi has been commissioned to create a project as part of the programme for Frieze Projects 2013, curated by Nicola Lees. Ken’s commission is housed within a transparent Perspex-walled space, allowing the public to view the work from a … More

Ken Okiishi at ICA, London

Ken Okiishi at ICA, London

Ken Okiishi will take part in the ICA’s Artists’ Film Club series this September. Ken will screen two of his films The Deleted Scene (2012) & Telly and Casper (2000) which will then be followed by a Q&A. Artists’ Film … More

Filipa Ramos, Time as a machine: a conversation between Joan Jonas, Ken Okiishi, Lucy Raven and Jennifer West, Mousse February/March, 2015, pp. 222-233. (Download PDF)

Michael Sanchez, Painting and Screen Otherwise, Whitney Biennial 2014 (Download PDF)

David Lewis, “Neverland,” Mousse 26, December 2010/January 2011, pp. 190-195. (Download PDF)

Mixtape 2016

Mixtape 2016

Pilar Corrias presents Mixtape 2016, a compilation of film and video from nine gallery artists. The exhibition devotes two days to each artist, showcasing the unique aesthetics of their practices and collectively the diversity of the gallery programme. Mixtape 2016 stems from … More

Phantom Limbs

Phantom Limbs

Phantom Limbs: Alisa Baremboym, Antoine Catala, Ian Cheng, Cécile B. Evans, Ken Okiishi, Philippe Parreno, Charlotte Prodger, Rachel Rose Pilar Corrias presents Phantom Limbs, a group exhibition that traces how notions of consciousness are evolving as a result of our … More

Ken Okiishi: gesture/data

Ken Okiishi: gesture/data

Looking at them for a long time… That could be enough—that looking and thinking and having that experience. Pilar Corrias is pleased to present Ken Okiishi’s first solo exhibition in London, gesture/data. Ken Okiishi takes up and troubles the vocabulary … More