2022 J-Collabo AAME Awardee Exhibition
2022 J-Collabo AAME Awardee Exhibition
J-Collabo is proud to present a special exhibition of the 2022 AAME Awardee artists. The 2022 Annual Art Members exhibition took place in April with participation of over 40 artists from around the world. The awardees were selected by a group of juries led by Dr. Miwako Tezuka, Associate Director of the Reversable Destiny Foundation, who praised the artists for their innovative and creative method of expressions. For the awardee showcase, we have curated a presentation pairing the main awardees with the emerging artist awardees, merging the diverse artistic practices and perspectives in dialogue with each other.
Awardees Kevin Heisner, Kevin Kelly, Maiko Kikuchi
Emerging Artist Awardees Motoko Otsuki, Taezoo Park
About the Artists
Kevin Heisner is a multi-disciplinary artist. Since graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as an Art & Technology major in the 80s, he has maintained a long-standing interest in merging art, technology, through his varying creation methods connecting physical spaces to the metaverse. Themes of mixed reality & dimensions, web3, singularity, human conditions, the conscious/subconscious, have been a dominant focus of his practice, even in his street works under his pseudo name of Shlumper. He is based in Chicago and New York, but his works in private collections and public installations are shown globally.
Kevin Kelly was born in upstate New York and graduated from Pratt Institute in 1982. He has been living and working in Brooklyn since 2006. He has shown his work across the United States, including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Santa Fe and Westport. His work is in numerous collections including Simon Cowell in Los Angeles.
His piece Solar Powered Cell Phone Charger was installed in Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of the 2012 Dumbo Arts Festival. His work is also in numerous public spaces including the NYU Medical Center. He completed a commission for a 13 ft high version of his dice double helix sculpture entitled Double Down in 2018 . His 10 meter high permanent outdoor sculpture DodecaCaryatid was installed in Markham, Ontario in December 2015.
His sculpture has also been featured in films and network tv shows such as The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Duplicity, Arthur, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Remember Me.
Maiko Kikuchi was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Influenced by her psychoanalyst father, she became interested in the boundary between dreams and reality. She received her B.A in Theater Arts and Fashion Design from Musashino Art University in 2008, and soon after, she moved to the United States to study fine arts, receiving an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Pratt Institute in 2012. Her desire to broaden the expression of her daydreams led her to the performance field in 2013. Since then, she’s been presenting/exhibiting her work in the areas of painting, collages, sculpture, animation and puppetry/object theatre.
Motoko Otsuki is a painter based in New York. She received her BA and MA from Tokyo Zokei University. Otsuki has had many solo exhibitions, most recently at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store in 2019 and group show at NowHere New York in 2021. Her work has been exhibited at Art Fair Tokyo numerous times as well as at fairs in Seoul and Osaka. She continues to pursue paintings on the relationship between human emotions and visuals. The indescribable tranquility is one of the charms of her work.
Korean-born New York based artist, Taezoo Park is an artist whose work explores analog and digital technologies. Park pushes new artistic forms through his unique use of digital codes, emphasizing the existent ‘character’ within an old and new technology. He calls it “Digital Being”.
Along with him, “Digital Being” was introduced by ABC news, BBC news, Artnet, ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community, ACM SIGGRAPH Asia, World Maker Faire, CHI(Computer-Human Interaction), SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Governors Island Art Fair, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Made in NY Media Center by IFP, AFA Gallery, Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery, and World Trade Center.
His recent interactive installation, “Digital Being: Rebirth”, has been on display at the 3 World Trade Center since November 2020.