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ARTIST STATEMENT: I am an interdisciplinary artist, born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. I make bags, masks and garments out of various different materials to create nests that are like my own home. They serve as protective gear and environments for habitation I create. My art practice reenacts a relentless temperament of a child running away from home, armed with a bag full of toys, searching for a new place to survive. Interacting with my nests, I invent ritualistic play that revives my childhood experiences and interprets the influences of my own culture, particularly its reverence for the native environment. Paradoxically, I harbor a deep-seated fear of the untamed nature, especially insets. In my attempt to acknowledge my phobia through cathartic exploration in sculpture and performance art, I became interested in how social insects such as ants construct and maintain their colony with the process of non-hierarchical self-organization. It invigorated my investigations in both individual and communal concepts of “nest/home” as a temporary shelter and gives me hope – if those little creatures can think/act locally and eventually effect globally, perhaps humans can do that too!? As part of my ongoing efforts to comprehend the human condition, I examine the concept of community building through the lens of social insects, paralleling human systems with those of social insects. Using visual and performative processes, I explore ideas of eusociality - a phenomenon unique to the insect world, which can be understood as the overarching rules that define a colony/community’s progress and structure, as well as, how these rules evolved over time.

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aricoco (Ari Tabei)
1848 Bay Ridge Avenue, #1F, Brooklyn, NY 11204/cell: 646-388-1086/email:

2018 PIPORNOT’s Superorganism Performance, La MaMa Galleria, NY, NY
2017 Art & Nature-Social Communication in the Insect World: Video Screening and Science Talk, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
2017 Cuts and Burns Residency, Outpost Artists Resources, Ridgewood, NY
2017 Metamorphic! - 7 Exercises in Practical Utopia (collaboration with Culture Push and YKON), New York, NY
2016 Franklin Furnace Fund 2016-2017, Brooklyn, NY
2016 PIPORNOT: Information Booth, Garment District Arts Festival, New York, NY
2016 PIPORNOT - Insects and Emergence (Lecture&Games), University Settlement, New York, NY
2016 In case of Emergency, Collaborative project/exhibition at Here Art Center, New York, NY
2015 NYFA Artist’s Fellowship in the category of Interdisciplinary Work, Brooklyn, NY
2015 BRIC Visual Artist Residency, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice, New York, NY
2014 Anderson Center Residency-Fellowship – Red Wing, MN
2014 Institute for Electronic Arts residency program – Alfred, NY
2014 Target Margin Theater Institute for Collaborative Theater Making Fellowship - Brooklyn, NY
2013 Runningaway Furoshiki, collaborative performance, Kawasaki City Museum – Kawasaki, Japan
2013 The Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
2013 Manhattan Graphic Center Scholarship Program (Spring) – New York, NY
2012 RBPMW Studio Immersion Project – New York, NY
2012 BRIC Media Fellowship – Brooklyn, NY
2012 Museum Art and Design Open Studios – New York, NY
2011 RUNawayHOME, Performance – Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
2011 AAI The Lower East Side-Rotating Studio Program – AAI, New York, NY
2011 Runaway Cape-Cart - Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Triangle Workshop – Brooklyn, NY
2010 BLUE SKY PROJECT – Dayton, OH
2010 SCULPTURE SPACE Residency Program – Utica, NY
2009/10 SMACK MELLON Studio Residency – Brooklyn, NY
2009 Art In Odd Places: SIGN – 14th Street, New York, NY
2009 cocobuttons – Performance at DUMBO ARTS FESTIVAL, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Outdoor performance event “COCOBUTTONS” - Le Petite Versailles, New York, NY
2008 Performance at FRAMING AIDS 2008 - QMAD, hosted by Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
2008 2008 – 2009 Fellowship Award - A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
2008 LMCC Swing Space Award - Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
2008 4-week Residency Program Fellowship Award - Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2008 Cocohabitat (Collaboration with Ted Efremoff) -WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY
2005-7 Teaching Assistantship - University of Connecticut

2017 Guest lecturer, Integrative Studio Seminar, Parsons School of Design, NY, NY
2016 Guest lecturer, Integrative Studio Seminar, Parsons School of Design, NY, NY
2015 Guest lecturer, Integrative Studio Seminar, Parsons School of Design, NY, NY
2015 Visiting artist lecturer, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
2011 Invited Speaker for Career Development class – MICA, Baltimore, MD
2011 Plastic Bag Weaving Workshop for Going Green Academy – Urban Neighborhood Services, Coney Island, NY
2007 Invited Speaker Basic Sculpture - University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
2007 Invited Speaker Japanese Culture - Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT
2007 Instructor at Performance Workshop - University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
2006-7 Teaching Assistant of Introduction of Video Art - University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
2005-6 Teaching Assistant of Pottery and Vase - University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2007 MFA - University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
2002 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art - Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
1997 BA International Legal Studies - Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
1994-95 Hamline University, St. Paul, MN (Sophia University full scholarship exchange program)

Other Skill:
2016 Certificate in Patternmaking, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

Solo Exhibition:
2018 PIPORNOT’s Superorganism, La MaMa Galleria, NY, NY
2016 Carnivorous Paradise (One-Night-Only Exhibition) - Davis-Linden Building, Dayton, OH
2015 Survival of the Weakest - Sunroom Project Space, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
2011 RUNawayHOME – Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
2010 nest-un-settled – New York Studio Gallery, New York, NY
2009 Sprout Art Exhibition - Rebecca and Drew Manufacturing, New York, NY
2008 dress for Today – A.I.R. gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2017 Call&Response, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
2016 20th Anniversary Show - Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Open (C)all: Up For Debate - BRIC, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Foreign and Familiar - Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
2015 Initial Conditions: Artists Make Spaces - Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT
2013 Industry : Industry - All Angel’s church Art Gallery, NY, NY
2013 Being-in-the-Wired-World, Kawasaki City Museum - Kawasaki, Japan
2013 SIP Fellowship Show – Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, NY, NY
2013 Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
2013 40/40: A Double Vision – A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013 AIR SPACE - Louise McCagg Gallery, New York, NY
2011 GENERATIONS 8 – A biennial benefit exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Intersecting Identities Exhibition – Campbell Soady Gallery at LBGT Center, New York, NY
2008 3rd Annual MISC Video & Performance Exhibition – NY Studio Gallery, New York, NY
2008 CAG Alumni Exhibition - Contemporary Art Galleries, Storrs, CT
2008 Emerging Artist: Juried Screening - Ise Cultural Foundation, New York, NY
2008 “ephemeral” - Onishi Gallery, New York, NY
2007 no•mad II - Hartford, CT


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