Featuring Misako Inaoka
Opening Friday, September 7, 2012, 5-9pm
Closing Reception: Friday, October 6, 5-9pm
Misako Inaoka’s sculptures contest the opposition of nature and artifice with impish whispers instead of didactic rants. Her a-evolutionary creatures house infinite little particularities as if keeping their own mischievous mash-ups quiet. Part mad scientist and part explorer of gadgets, Inaoka allows access to an inigmatic oasis, a garden of odd adaptations.
Misako Inaoka, born in Kyoto, Japan, had received her BFA in printmaking in 2001 from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and her MFA in 2006 from Mills College. From 1999-2000, Inaoka spent a year in Rome, Italy, as a part of EHP (European Honors Program). In addition to solo and group shows at Johansson Projects, her work has been shown at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, de Young Museum, de Saisset Museum, San Jose ICA, and galleries in New York, Japan, England, China, and Italy. She is a recipient of the Irvine Fellowship for Montalvo residency, National Endowment of Arts for MacDowell Colony residency, and has been an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, de Young Museum, and Vermont Studio Center.