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. In addition to New York City, she has exhibited her work in The Hague, Berlin, Washington DC, Newark, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Incheon, South Korea.[1][2]

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 and attended Brown University and Hunter College's MFA program. She currently lives and works in New York City.[3][4]


Her concept-based work exists in the forms of performance art, installation art[5] and net.art. Her performances[3][6] include a series of site-specific gifting performances called Limited, Limited Edition she presented at Socrates Sculpture Park, in Astoria, Queens;[7] in Jamaica, Queens; at the Incheon Women Artists' Biennale in Incheon, South Korea;[8] at On Stellar Rays gallery in the Lower East Side; in three locations in Newark, New Jersey for Aljira Center for Contemporary Art,[9] in P.S. 101's school yard in East Harlem; and on H Street NE in Washington D.C.[10] For Bad Kanji, a 2015 gifting performance, she painted temporary kanji tattoos at the Spring/Break Art Show, held in the Skylight Studios above the James A. Farley Post Office in New York City.[11]

She has performed two of Fluxus-member Alison Knowles's event scores, namely #5 Wounded Furniture and #3 Nivea Cream Piece.[10][12] The latter was live-blogged on Hyperallergic.[13]

In addition to an early work on Rhizome that simulates a series of imagined but impossible art installations for the Internet, Ichikawa has created has a series of blogs on Facebook around food of a certain color, touching upon issues of cultural identity, politics, gentrification, and environmentalism while addressing nutrition: I ♥ Yellow Food, I ♥ Orange Food, I ♥ Red Food, I ♥ Green Food, and I ♥ Blue Food.[14][15][16][17] 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 and participants as possible.

In the past, she wrote 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[18] and for Zing Magazine, the work of Siah Armajani.[19][20] 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[21][22][23] and another at Andrew Kreps gallery in a group exhibition curated by Dean Daderko, now a curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.[24]



She 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,[25] and Rocksmith streetwear founder and president, Kenshin Ichikawa.[26][27] Yoko is a graduate of Wesleyan University, Kenshin a graduate of Columbia University, who recently married food writer Nina Fallenbaum.[28]


  1. ^ Biography artfacts.net
  2. ^ "ABC NO RIO, Akiko Ichikawa, Vandana Jain, Jayson Keeling, Rahul Saggar, Martina Secondo, Chanika Svetvilas: 2nd October 2008 - 29th October 2008".  ArtSlant, Inc.
  3. ^ a b "Artnet News". Artnet. 11 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Biobiblio, Akiko Ichikawa". Jochen Gerz's Anthology of Art. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Ken Johnson (18 June 2004). "Art in Review: The Reality of Things". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ PERFORMA05: Akiko Ichikawa biography Performa 05 website
  7. ^ "Akiko Ichikawa". Socrates Sculpture Park. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  8. ^ [1] Exhibition Tuning, Incheon Women Artists' Biennale
  9. ^ http://aljira.org/exhibitions/
  10. ^ a b Performance links, artist's website
  11. ^ http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150305/midtown/super-trippy-art-show-takes-over-post-offices-main-branch
  12. ^ Alison Knowles website, list of event scores
  13. ^ "Live Blogging Maximum Perception Sat Night". Hyperallergic. January 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ https://www.facebook.com/groups/37319836273?ap=1
  15. ^ https://www.facebook.com/?sk=group_305375342285
  16. ^ https://www.facebook.com/?sk=group_130274470385404
  17. ^ Ichikawa's Internet art on Rhizome
  18. ^ "Jane and Louise Wilson (resume)". 303 Gallery website. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Issue 7". Zing Magazine website. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  20. ^ Links to writing, artist's website
  21. ^ "Past Projects, 2000". Momenta Art. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  22. ^ [2] Re-title.com
  23. ^ list of installation work on older version of the artist's site
  24. ^ "Staff & Board". Contemporary Arts Museum Houston website. 
  25. ^ "Yoko Ichikawa, Faculty". LinkedIn. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Rocksmith Designer Kenshin Ichikawa Discusses Brand Success and Wu-Tang Collaborations". XXL. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  27. ^ "Search results for Kenshin Ichikawa in New York, NY". Intelius.com. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  28. ^ "Nina Kahori Fallenbaum". Hyphen. 

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