Akiko Ichikawa

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Akiko Ichikawa
Born Sagamihara, Japan
Alma mater Brown University
Awards Djerassi Artists Residency's Middlebrook-Sugano Fellowship; Artists Space Independent Project Grant

Akiko Ichikawa (アキーコ・イチカワ also 市川 明子 Ichikawa Akiko?) is a New York-based interdisciplinary visual artist.

Early life and education[edit]

Ichikawa's family moved to the US, San Francisco, when she was three. She grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts and Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Brown University and Hunter College's MFA program and currently lives and works in New York City.[1][2]


Ichikawa's work is concept-based, existing in the mediums of performance art,[3][4][1] sculpture[5] and net.art.[6][7] Her performances include a series of site-specific gifting performances called Limited, Limited Edition she presented at Socrates Sculpture Park, in Astoria, Queens;[8] in Jamaica, Queens; at the Incheon Women Artists' Biennale in Incheon, South Korea;[9] at On Stellar Rays gallery in the Lower East Side; in three locations in Newark, New Jersey for Aljira Center for Contemporary Art,[10] in P.S. 101's school yard in East Harlem; and on H Street NE in Washington D.C.[11] She has also performed two of Fluxus-member Alison Knowles's event scores, namely #5 Wounded Furniture and #3 Nivea Cream Piece.[11][12] The latter was live-blogged on Hyperallergic.com.

Ichikawa has also created has a series of blogs on Facebook around the themes of food, cultural identity, politics, and issues related to gentrification: East Coast Japanese Americans, I ♥ Yellow Food, I ♥ Orange Food, I ♥ Red Food, and I ♥ Green Food.[7][13][14][15] While not enthusiastic about Facebook's history of massive online-privacy violations, the artist nevertheless views the social media site as an effective, user-friendly way to reach as many viewers as possible.

Ichikawa has also written on contemporary art for Flash Art, the Milan-based art magazine, on the work of Ken Lum, Laurel Nakadate, Dan Peterson and, for NY Arts magazine, the work of Jane and Louise Wilson[16] and for Zing Magazine, the work of Siah Armajani.[17][18] Ichikawa's art before 2005 was primarily built around the placement and assembly of basic construction materials in open spaces. She presented one such installation for her solo exhibition at Momenta Art.[19][20][21]




Akiko Ichikawa is the older sister of Yoko Ichikawa, an Oakland, California-based graphic designer who teaches part-time at San Francisco's Academy of Art University,[24] and Rocksmith streetwear founder and president, Kenshin Ichikawa.[25][26] Yoko is a graduate of Wesleyan University, Kenshin a graduate of Columbia University, who recently married food writer Nina Fallenbaum.[27]


  1. ^ a b "Artnet News". Artnet. 11 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Biobiblio, Akiko Ichikawa". Jochen Gerz's Anthology of Art. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b 2011 Artists - Maximum Perception Performance Festival � (Retrieved 6 March 2011.)
  4. ^ a b PERFORMA05: Akiko Ichikawa biography Performa 05 website
  5. ^ Johnson, Ken Johnson (18 June 2004). "Art in Review: The Reality of Things". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Ichikawa's Internet art on Rhizome
  7. ^ a b Internet art on Ichikawa website
  8. ^ "Akiko Ichikawa". Socrates Sculpture Park. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  9. ^ [1] Exhibition Tuning, Incheon Women Artists' Biennale
  10. ^ http://aljira.org/exhibitions/
  11. ^ a b Performance links, artist's website
  12. ^ Alison Knowles website, list of event scores
  13. ^ https://www.facebook.com/groups/37319836273?ap=1
  14. ^ https://www.facebook.com/?sk=group_305375342285
  15. ^ https://www.facebook.com/?sk=group_130274470385404
  16. ^ "Jane and Louise Wilson (resume)". 303 Gallery website. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Issue 7". Zing Magazine website. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  18. ^ Links to writing, artist's website
  19. ^ "Past Projects, 2000". Momenta Art. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  20. ^ [2] Re-title.com
  21. ^ list of installation work on older version of the artist's site
  22. ^ Biography artfacts.net
  23. ^ "ABC NO RIO, Akiko Ichikawa, Vandana Jain, Jayson Keeling, Rahul Saggar, Martina Secondo, Chanika Svetvilas: 2nd October 2008 - 29th October 2008".  ArtSlant, Inc.
  24. ^ "Yoko Ichikawa, Faculty". LinkedIn. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "Rocksmith Designer Kenshin Ichikawa Discusses Brand Success and Wu-Tang Collaborations". XXL. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Search results for Kenshin Ichikawa in New York, NY". Intelius.com. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  27. ^ "Nina Kahori Fallenbaum". Hyphen. 

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