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Hisae Ikenaga, Manufacturing Flaws

Praxis International Art
541 West 25th Street, 212-772-9478
September 10 - October 11, 2008
Reception: Wednesday, September 10, 6 - 8 PM
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Through installation, collage and objects, Hisae Ikenaga studies possible physical anomalies developed in industrial manufacturing. Recreating abnormalities such as mutations and malformations in cars, planes, motorcycles and other objects, the artist plays with industrial production and genetics. Ikenaga’s works bring into the gallery monochromatic installations of simple synthetic carpet cut-outs that unfold a more complex meaning. Absurdity and humor play a key role in her works, in which she usually combines, assembles and alters objects and diverse materials.

Hisae Ikenaga was born in Mexico City in 1977, where she studied at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado ¨La Esmeralda”. She also has studied in Japan, (where her father is from) and in Spain, where she currently lives. This year she has been awarded with the “Generación 2008” prize from Obra Social Caja Madrid and she is also a recipient of two Jumex Collection Grants in Mexico. Hisae Ikenaga has had solo exhibitions in Paris, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Kyoto and New York and has participated in several group exhibitions including Located Work, a project created in collaboration with Joseph Kosuth at Madrid’s Casa Encendida and Informed by Function at The Lehman College Art Gallery in New York.

Praxis was founded in 1977 and has since evolved into a leading contemporary Latin American art gallery. Starting in Buenos Aires, Praxis aimed to spread the richness of this diverse and dynamic culture throughout the world. The Praxis mission is to bring the compelling creativity and imagination of Latin American art forward to a worldwide audience in exhibitions throughout its network of galleries.
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