Aki Sasamoto grapples with control and chaos
Mirroring its subject’s own playful and absurdist sensibility, this portrait of sculptor and performance artist Aki Sasamoto is a fluid hybrid of fiction and documentary—at once a magical realist world of spinning objects and a psychological exploration of fundamental questions about artistic creativity.
From firing whiskey glasses to installing an exhibition, Sasamoto grapples with the tension between control and chaos—between her mastery over materials and their own will.
“Whatever I thought I had control over will change in front of me,” explains Sasamoto. “That to me is exciting, in life and in sculpture.”
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Artists who broaden traditional definitions of art
Seeking to expand perceptions of what makes for traditional art, Art21 Educators alumnus Catherine Karp assembled a playlist of films introducing her students to artists who use nontraditional materials and techniques.
“The sooner I can broaden the idea of the traditional definition of art,” says Karp, “the sooner and the longer the students will consider themselves artists.”
Upcoming workshop for educators
Join us tonight, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. ET, for the latest installment of our new five-part professional development series exploring how artists use the five senses in their practice.
For “Sound On,” ponder the power of the human ear. See and hear how artists investigate the psychological and sculptural dimensions of sound through recordings of machines, musical instruments, their voices, along with reworked musical compositions and well-known pop music.
The program is free and will take place via Zoom.
Visit our education calendar for a list of upcoming workshops for educators.
Recommendations from Art21 staff
Visit: KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature at The New York Botanical Garden
Visit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
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