A battle of supremacy and influence rages in this exhibition by self-taught artist Taiko Chandler. She asks: What is to be observed? What is there to touch? Chandler debates the objectivity of distance by inviting you to contemplate the installation’s tactile surface. How can the same materials and excerpted forms mean one thing in a gallery and another in its adjacent shop? Organza balls and sheets of Tyvek quoted from the work, placed on shelves and tables in the shop, form the core prompt. Chandler inverts thoughts about the mechanics and circulation of art by setting up colonies in the museum store. Through reproduction and reconfiguration, she mediates the spectacle of a drawing in space that harkens to an art historical reference.
About Taiko Chandler
Taiko Chandler lives and works in Denver, CO. She was born and raised in Nagano, Japan and was originally trained as a nurse. After taking a printmaking workshop at the Art Students League of Denver in 2011, she found herself in art. Today, Chandler works primarily in printmaking and, more recently, site-specific installation art.
Chandler’s work has been exhibited in Colorado, and many other states, as well as numerous print fairs throughout the U.S. Her work is in private and public collections in the U.S. and Japan, including the Cleveland Clinic Art Program, the University of Colorado Business School, and the Denver Art Museum (Education Collection).
About Yasmeen Siddiqui
Yasmeen Siddiqui is the founding director of the recently formed nonprofit art press Minerva Projects. Her practice is guided by a commitment to testing perceptions of artists and existing art movements through a synchronized interplay of exhibition making and writing. Siddiqui is collaborating on multiple fronts with art historian Alpesh Kantilal Patel, and they are co-editing the anthology The Storytellers of Art Histories (under contract with Intellect Books). Past subjects in writing and curating include: Do Ho Suh, Consuelo Castañeda, Hassan Khan, Linda Ganjian, Pia Lindman, Lara Baladi, Mary Carothers, Matt Lynch and Chris Vorhees, and Mel Charney. Siddiqui’s accolades include: Ucross Foundation Residency Fellow (2018), ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award Nominee (2018), and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Research Fellowship (2008).
About Present Box
Present Box is a series of temporary exhibitions that invite artists to transform BMoCA’s lobby and front entrance into innovative installations, performances, and events. The site-specific projects are intended to encourage artists to create work outside their comfort zone, and to foster interactive participation. Artists are also urged to explore themes that are relevant for our present time.
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