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Kazumi Tanaka. Orrery (detail), 2011. Birch plywood, steel, aluminum pipe, thread, Japanese fabric. 68 x 48 x 59 inches. Kazumi Tanaka. Orrery, 2011. Birch plywood, steel, aluminum pipe, thread, Japanese fabric. 68 x 48 x 59 inches.
Kazumi Tanaka. Orrery (detail), 2011. Birch plywood, steel, aluminum pipe, thread, Japanese fabric. 68 x 48 x 59 inches.
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Kazumi Tanaka. Orrery, 2011. Birch plywood, steel, aluminum pipe, thread, Japanese fabric. 68 x 48 x 59 inches.
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Kazumi Tanaka

Kazumi Tanaka is an upcoming Artist-in-Residence at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Tanaka spoke at FWM on October 24, 2013 as part of Convergence: Declarations of Independence, a new, ongoing series of public lectures by contemporary artists during their initial site visit to the institution prior to their FWM residency. This series intends to illustrate the various methods of artistic practice to the Philadelphia community by hosting talks that allow the audience access to the evolution of a work of art.
 

Bio
Kazumi Tanaka (b. 1962, Osaka, Japan) graduated from Osaka University in 1985 before relocating to New York in 1987, where she studied sculpture at the New York Studio School (1987 – 1990). Employing both ancient and modern sculpting techniques, Tanaka creates intricate and conceptually complex works that often involve childhood memories of Japan and address cultural differences between Eastern and Western livelihoods. She has exhibited at museums and galleries around the world. Solo exhibitions include presentations at the Kent Gallery between 1995 and 2003; as well as shows at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1993); Beacon Project Space, Beacon, New York (2002); and Hudson Beach Glass Gallery, Beacon (2011). Tanaka’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, at the Drawing Center, New York (1993); A Labor of Love, at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (1996); The Quiet in the Land, at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art (1997); Aldrich Undercover, at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2009-2010); and Salem2Salem, at Neues Museum, Salem, Germany (2012). Most recently, her work has been included in the group exhibition Silence, at Masters & Pelavin Gallery, New York (2012). Tanaka has participated in numerous residencies, including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine (1990); the United Society of Shakers, Sabbathday Lake, Maine (1996); in Salem, Germany (2010, 2012); Art Omi in New York (2013); and will complete an upcoming residency as part of a 2014 Visual Arts Fellowship at the Citivella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy. She lives and works in Beacon, New York.