AKI SASAMOTO | NO CHOICE

July 11- August 15, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Harmony Murphy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent works by Aki Sasamoto, No Choice. This marks the artist’s first solo show at the gallery as well as in Los Angeles.  Widely known for performances and large-scale installations, No Choice will assemble props and other remnants from previous projects, lecture panels, new interactive sculptures, and video to demonstrate a comprehensive view of the artist’s practice. 

Japanese-born Sasamoto draws on the subtle drama of decision making, the circuitous course of transmitted information, and the objects that become inoculated with new, inconsistent histories as a narrative is formed.  In her work, the human is the processor, the party responsible for the outcome and experience.  Old hierarchies fade: truth is relative, usefulness is reconsidered and the point between A and B is subjective and requires attention. One cannot pass with the unassuming autopilot reserved for the familiar ride home. One decides, one chooses, until you becomes aware of the ability to control variables into a desired conclusion. And then, you surprise yourself.

The world is ending. You are selected to board a spaceship with one animal. Which will you bring?

A. Peacock

B. Horse

C. Tiger

D. Sheep

Aki Sasamoto (b. 1980, Yokohama, Japan) lives and works in New York. She has recently held solo exhibitions and performance productions at JTT, New York (2014), The Kitchen, New York (2014), Take Ninagawa, Tokyo (2012), Chocolate Factory Theater, New Yorck (2012), as well as a two-person show at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2012). In addition, her work has been presented in group exhibitions including Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture, Kyoto (2015), Pier 54, High Line Art, New York (2014), Gwangju Biennial:Roundtable (2012), Greater New York: 5 Year Review, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2010), Whitney Biennial (2010), New York, and Yokohama Triennial (2008).  Most recently she presented her interactive maze Coffee or Tea at Frieze Projects New York and staged a week-long perform at Luxembourg Dayan, New York, NY.