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Kelly Akashi Be Me (Swell) 2019 Hand-blown glass,...

Kelly Akashi
Be Me (Swell)
2019
Hand-blown glass, bronze
6 x 11 x 8 1/2 inches; 15.2 x 27.9 x 21.6 cm
(TBG 20706)

Kelly Akashi Submersion 2019 Hand-blown glass, sta...

Kelly Akashi
Submersion
2019
Hand-blown glass, stainless steel
Dimensions variable
(TBG 20553)

Kelly Akashi Being as a Thing 2019 Hand-blown glas...

Kelly Akashi
Being as a Thing
2019
Hand-blown glass, hair
Dimensions variable
9 x 22 x 22 inches; 22.9 x 55.9 x 55.9 cm
(TBG 20563)

Kelly Akashi Feel Me 2017 Concrete,  bronze,...

Kelly Akashi
Feel Me
2017
Concrete,  bronze, rope
96 x 45 x 12 inches; 243.8 x 114.3 x 30.5 cm
(TBG 20549)

Kelly Akashi Candle Candle Stand 2017 Handmade can...

Kelly Akashi
Candle Candle Stand
2017
Handmade candles, bronze
7 x 7 x 9 inches; 17.8 x 17.8 x 22.9 cm
(TBG 20545)

Kelly Akashi Well(-)Hung 2017 Bronze, silicone, re...

Kelly Akashi
Well(-)Hung
2017
Bronze, silicone, red onion skin, rope
(TBG 20572)

Kelly Akashi Well(-)Hung (detail) 2017 Bronze, sil...

Kelly Akashi
Well(-)Hung (detail)
2017
Bronze, silicone, red onion skin, rope
(TBG 20572)

Kelly Akashi Woven Lens with Apparatus 2018 Stainl...

Kelly Akashi
Woven Lens with Apparatus
2018
Stainless steel, blown glass, rope
50 x 57 x 4 inches; 127 x 144.8 x 10.2 cm
(TBG 20575)

Kelly Akashi Life Forms (Overflowing Helix) 2018 B...

Kelly Akashi
Life Forms (Overflowing Helix)
2018
Blown glass, bronze, rope
59 x 8 x 14 inches; 149.9 x 20.3 x 35.6 cm
(TBG 20578)

Kelly Akashi Feel Me (Amber) 2018 Bronze, hand-blo...

Kelly Akashi
Feel Me (Amber)
2018
Bronze, hand-blown glass
6 x 12 x 9 inches; 15.2 x 30.5 x 22.9 cm
(TBG 20576)

Kelly Akashi Double Penetration 2017 Hand-blown gl...

Kelly Akashi
Double Penetration
2017
Hand-blown glass, rope, bronze cable, cherry wood, brass
79 x 39 x 39 inches; 200.7 x 99.1 x 99.1 cm
(TBG 20547)

Kelly Akashi Lenses 2018 Silver gelatin photogram...

Kelly Akashi
Lenses
2018
Silver gelatin photogram in walnut frame
19 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches; 49.5 x 39.4 cm
(TBG 20566)

Kelly Akashi Life Forms (Impregnated) 2017 Hand-bl...

Kelly Akashi
Life Forms (Impregnated)
2017
Hand-blown glass, bronze
14 x 10 x 10 inches; 35.6 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm
(TBG 20567)

Kelly Akashi Long Exposure 2018 Bronze, hand-blown...

Kelly Akashi
Long Exposure
2018
Bronze, hand-blown glass, led light, rope
Approx: 60 x 42 x 42 inches; 152.4 x 106.7 x 106.7 cm
(TBG 20574)

Kelly Akashi Downtime Machine 2017 Handmade candle...

Kelly Akashi
Downtime Machine
2017
Handmade candles, glass, copper, bronze wire
Dimensions variable
18 x 54 x 54 inches; 45.7 x 137.2 x 137.2 cm
(TBG 20580)

Kelly Akashi Cobalt Blue (Vertical Arrangement) 20...

Kelly Akashi
Cobalt Blue (Vertical Arrangement)
2016
Chromogenic photogram and walnut frame
20 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 1 inches; 52.1 x 41.9 x 2.5 cm
(TBG 20555)

Kelly Akashi Finger Figure 2016 Bronze, copper, br...

Kelly Akashi
Finger Figure
2016
Bronze, copper, brass, and anodized aluminum wire
28 x 28 x 44 inches; 71.1 x 71.1 x 111.8 cm
(TBG 20556)

Kelly Akashi Finger Figure (detail) 2016 Bronze, c...

Kelly Akashi
Finger Figure (detail)
2016
Bronze, copper, brass, and anodized aluminum wire
28 x 28 x 44 inches; 71.1 x 71.1 x 111.8 cm
(TBG 20556)

Kelly Akashi Activity Table 2016 Cherry wood, wax,...

Kelly Akashi
Activity Table
2016
Cherry wood, wax, glass, wick
72 x 40 x 63 inches; 182.9 x 101.6 x 160 cm
(TBG 20557)

Kelly Akashi Ways of Being 2016 Brick, lead, handm...

Kelly Akashi
Ways of Being
2016
Brick, lead, handmade candles
26 x 6 x 42 inches; 66 x 15.2 x 106.7 cm
(TBG 20579)

Kelly Akashi Untitled (Mirror Image) 2014 Bronze D...

Kelly Akashi
Untitled (Mirror Image)
2014
Bronze
Dimensions variable
Object approx: 14 x 8 x 8 inches; 35.6 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm
(TBG 20581)

Kelly Akashi Be Me (Swell) 2019 Hand-blown glass,...

Kelly Akashi
Be Me (Swell)
2019
Hand-blown glass, bronze
6 x 11 x 8 1/2 inches; 15.2 x 27.9 x 21.6 cm
(TBG 20706)

Kelly Akashi Submersion 2019 Hand-blown glass, sta...

Kelly Akashi
Submersion
2019
Hand-blown glass, stainless steel
Dimensions variable
(TBG 20553)

Kelly Akashi Being as a Thing 2019 Hand-blown glas...

Kelly Akashi
Being as a Thing
2019
Hand-blown glass, hair
Dimensions variable
9 x 22 x 22 inches; 22.9 x 55.9 x 55.9 cm
(TBG 20563)

Kelly Akashi Feel Me 2017 Concrete,  bronze,...

Kelly Akashi
Feel Me
2017
Concrete,  bronze, rope
96 x 45 x 12 inches; 243.8 x 114.3 x 30.5 cm
(TBG 20549)

Kelly Akashi Candle Candle Stand 2017 Handmade can...

Kelly Akashi
Candle Candle Stand
2017
Handmade candles, bronze
7 x 7 x 9 inches; 17.8 x 17.8 x 22.9 cm
(TBG 20545)

Kelly Akashi Well(-)Hung 2017 Bronze, silicone, re...

Kelly Akashi
Well(-)Hung
2017
Bronze, silicone, red onion skin, rope
(TBG 20572)

Kelly Akashi Well(-)Hung (detail) 2017 Bronze, sil...

Kelly Akashi
Well(-)Hung (detail)
2017
Bronze, silicone, red onion skin, rope
(TBG 20572)

Kelly Akashi Woven Lens with Apparatus 2018 Stainl...

Kelly Akashi
Woven Lens with Apparatus
2018
Stainless steel, blown glass, rope
50 x 57 x 4 inches; 127 x 144.8 x 10.2 cm
(TBG 20575)

Kelly Akashi Life Forms (Overflowing Helix) 2018 B...

Kelly Akashi
Life Forms (Overflowing Helix)
2018
Blown glass, bronze, rope
59 x 8 x 14 inches; 149.9 x 20.3 x 35.6 cm
(TBG 20578)

Kelly Akashi Feel Me (Amber) 2018 Bronze, hand-blo...

Kelly Akashi
Feel Me (Amber)
2018
Bronze, hand-blown glass
6 x 12 x 9 inches; 15.2 x 30.5 x 22.9 cm
(TBG 20576)

Kelly Akashi Double Penetration 2017 Hand-blown gl...

Kelly Akashi
Double Penetration
2017
Hand-blown glass, rope, bronze cable, cherry wood, brass
79 x 39 x 39 inches; 200.7 x 99.1 x 99.1 cm
(TBG 20547)

Kelly Akashi Lenses 2018 Silver gelatin photogram...

Kelly Akashi
Lenses
2018
Silver gelatin photogram in walnut frame
19 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches; 49.5 x 39.4 cm
(TBG 20566)

Kelly Akashi Life Forms (Impregnated) 2017 Hand-bl...

Kelly Akashi
Life Forms (Impregnated)
2017
Hand-blown glass, bronze
14 x 10 x 10 inches; 35.6 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm
(TBG 20567)

Kelly Akashi Long Exposure 2018 Bronze, hand-blown...

Kelly Akashi
Long Exposure
2018
Bronze, hand-blown glass, led light, rope
Approx: 60 x 42 x 42 inches; 152.4 x 106.7 x 106.7 cm
(TBG 20574)

Kelly Akashi Downtime Machine 2017 Handmade candle...

Kelly Akashi
Downtime Machine
2017
Handmade candles, glass, copper, bronze wire
Dimensions variable
18 x 54 x 54 inches; 45.7 x 137.2 x 137.2 cm
(TBG 20580)

Kelly Akashi Cobalt Blue (Vertical Arrangement) 20...

Kelly Akashi
Cobalt Blue (Vertical Arrangement)
2016
Chromogenic photogram and walnut frame
20 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 1 inches; 52.1 x 41.9 x 2.5 cm
(TBG 20555)

Kelly Akashi Finger Figure 2016 Bronze, copper, br...

Kelly Akashi
Finger Figure
2016
Bronze, copper, brass, and anodized aluminum wire
28 x 28 x 44 inches; 71.1 x 71.1 x 111.8 cm
(TBG 20556)

Kelly Akashi Finger Figure (detail) 2016 Bronze, c...

Kelly Akashi
Finger Figure (detail)
2016
Bronze, copper, brass, and anodized aluminum wire
28 x 28 x 44 inches; 71.1 x 71.1 x 111.8 cm
(TBG 20556)

Kelly Akashi Activity Table 2016 Cherry wood, wax,...

Kelly Akashi
Activity Table
2016
Cherry wood, wax, glass, wick
72 x 40 x 63 inches; 182.9 x 101.6 x 160 cm
(TBG 20557)

Kelly Akashi Ways of Being 2016 Brick, lead, handm...

Kelly Akashi
Ways of Being
2016
Brick, lead, handmade candles
26 x 6 x 42 inches; 66 x 15.2 x 106.7 cm
(TBG 20579)

Kelly Akashi Untitled (Mirror Image) 2014 Bronze D...

Kelly Akashi
Untitled (Mirror Image)
2014
Bronze
Dimensions variable
Object approx: 14 x 8 x 8 inches; 35.6 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm
(TBG 20581)

Biography

Material tactility, its possibilities, limitations, and transformation form the core of Kelly Akashi's practice. Originally trained in analog photography, traditional processes and the materiality of documents continue to inform and fuel her sculptural explorations. Working in a variety of media, such as wax, bronze, fire, glass, silicone, copper, and rope, Akashi investigates the capacity and boundaries of these elements and their ability to construct and challenge conventional concepts of form.

In her sculptural practice, Akashi utilizes indexical materials to emphasize the impressionability and physicality of objects. Often pairing delicate hand-blown glass or hand-made wax candles with bronze casts of her own hands, the artist captures momentary gestures, casting them into perpetual existence. Her interest in the mapping of time has led her to study fossils from extinct species in order to locate humankind amongst other consciousness that have thrived along the earth’s geological timeline. Drawing attention to the fluidity and interconnectedness of the media she uses, Akashi aims to capture the tension and physicality of objects in her practice.

Born in 1983 in Los Angeles, Kelly Akashi currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. The artist graduated with a MFA from University of Southern California in 2014. Akashi studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and received her BFA at Otis College of Art and Design in 2006.

Winner of the 2019 Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize, the artist will have a residency and upcoming solo exhibition at the foundation in Ojai, California. Other residencies include ARCH Athens, Greece (2019) and at Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA (2019) - both of which will conclude with a solo exhibition. Other important solo exhibitions include Long Exposure curated by Ruba Katrib at the SculptureCenter, New York (2017). The artist’s work was featured in the Hammer Museum’s biennial, Made in L.A. (2016); other notable group exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2017); LA: A Fiction, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France (2017); Take me (I’m Yours), curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jens Hoffmann, and Kelly Taxter, Jewish Museum, New York (2016); Can’t Reach Me There, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2015).

Kelly Akashi’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; CC Foundation, Shanghai; M WOODS, Beijing; The Perimeter, London; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Sifang Museum, Nanjing, among others.