August 29, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Aki Sasamoto: Screening of “It’s hard to relate to you, (indoor version)”

Franklin Street Works will screen Aki Sasamoto’s performance,  It’s hard to relate to you, (indoor version), followed by a Q & A with the artist via Skype ,Thursday, August 29 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Following the 20 minute screening, we will Skype with Sasamoto and open it up to an informal discussion where the artist will discuss how her performance was part of the process in creating the sculpture for Kool-Aid Wino. This free, public event promises to shed light on performance as a tool for making objects and its larger role in museums and galleries.

When entering Franklin Street Works, viewers are greeted with a top-heavy sculpture Aki Sasamoto created during the opening reception. Domestic furnishings combined and augmented with a mix of text, tape, and concrete are at once precarious and intimidating, elegant and chaotic.  For the opening reception of Kool-Aid Wino, Aki Sasamoto’s performance involved doing a “slow dance” with a large desk, accompanied by Bobby Hebb’s song “Sunny.” The artist also spoke about the “disease” of artists and the relationship between strategic and charismatic personalities, using Martha Stewart as an example of the latter. Sasamoto’s magic marker text on wood and etched words in concrete imbed the installation with cryptic messages from artist to viewer, hinting at the ideas and impulses behind its creation.

Kool-Aid Wino is an exhibition that explores the foregrounding of mistakes and missteps in contemporary art practices and features works by Anne Carson, Choi Dachal, Frank Heath, Owen Land, Rotem Linial, James Merrill, Alice Miceli, Jenny Perlin, and Aki Sasamoto, as well as an ikat silk suzani textile made in the early twenties. By highlighting or even celebrating errors, the art in this show redeem flaws, accentuate their value, and open up myriad new possibilities. Barliant explains, “Cumulatively the works reminds us that uniqueness relies on flaws and our imaginative negotiation in, around, and through them.” The title of the show comes from a chapter in the book Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan, who deliberately fudges words while writing in order to invent new ways of saying things. Kool-Aid Wino is on view through September 22, 2013.


Aki Sasamoto is a New York-based, Japanese artist, who works in performance, sculpture, dance, and whatever more medium that takes to get her ideas across. Her works have been shown both in performing art and visual art venues in New York and abroad. Besides her own works, she has collaborated with artists in visual arts, music, and dance, and she plays multiple roles of dancer, sculptor, or director.  Sasamoto co-founded Culture Push, a non-profit arts organization, in which diverse professionals meet through artist-led projects and cross-disciplinary symposia.

Sasamoto’s performance/installation works revolve around everyday gestures on nothing and everything.  Her installations are careful arrangements of sculpturally altered found objects, and the decisive gestures in her improvisational performances create feedback, responding to sound, objects, and moving bodies.  The constructed stories seem personal at first, yet oddly open to variant degrees of access, relation, and reflection. (

Can’t make it to the screening? You can view the video of her performance HERE.


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