Takeshi Miyakawa. Think Small

12 May 2017 – 28 May 2017

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John Doe

New York
New York, United States

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John Doe is pleased to present Think Small, the debut solo exhibition of designer Takeshi Miyakawa.


Bringing his designs to the public in an intimate, interactive setting, Think Small showcases Miyakawa’s experiments at the limits of function and structure.

Miyakawa systematically dissembles the conventions of objects, at times displacing materials from their typical applications, at others inverting preconceived notions of permanence and challenging expectations of stability. By addressing familiar functions with novel forms, Miyakawa’s designs compel us to re-calibrate relationships with our tools and surroundings.

The artist’s formal language is informed by his work in architecture on all scales, from his start as a site supervisor at the Tokyo Construction Corporation to his current position in the model shop of Rafael Vinoly Architects. In Think Small, the viewer is given the rare opportunity to encounter both study models and final built objects, gaining insight into Miyakawa’s process and meeting the seedlings of future designs.

Anchoring the exhibition is “Double Motion”, a complex site-specific installation that continually transmutes its environment through the interaction of light with moving and stationary mirror sculptures. The dissonance between the movement of the sculptural pieces and its resultant light forms destabilises the viewer, as the interpenetrating rays take on an almost material presence.

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