Koki Tanaka

Inviting representatives from the ‘invisible communities’ of Randall’s Island to spend the day at the fair

Koki Tanaka (Japanese, b. 1975)

Japanese artist Koki Tanaka turns common objects and seemingly banal actions into reflections on the passage of time and the organization of everyday life. A booth selling palm fronds in a flea market in Los Angeles, a water raft built with waste materials and an entire exhibition filled with discarded objects collected from a museum’s storage are some of the interventions carried out by Tanaka in an attempt to trigger a reflection on issues of value and social criticism. At Frieze New York – which the artist describes as both a social place and a market place – Tanaka inserted a series of incongruous presences, inviting representatives from the ‘invisible communities’ that inhabit Randall’s Island to spend the day at the fair, carrying out activities that are not usually performed at Frieze. Tanaka’s orchestrated actions drove viewers to interact with the participants and encouraged them to rethink the space of the art fair as a public space.

Image: precarious tasks #0 communal tea drinking 2012, collective acts. Created with Aoy- ama Meguro, Tokyo and too much magazine.

Select figures from Randall’s Island communities will be present daily from 1–6pm, at P5, between gallery booths B38 and B39.

Thursday 8 May: Firefighter
Friday 9 May: Poet
Saturday 10 May: Jazz saxaphone musician
Sunday 11 May: Jogger
Monday 12 May: Historian

Project supported by the Japan Foundation