Roski Talks: Kelly Akashi

Roski Talk by artist Kelly Akashi

Nov 2, 7pm
Roski Graduate Gallery
Los Angeles Arts District

 

Roski Talk: Kelly Akashi is open to the Roski community and free
Reservations here.
Location: 1262 Palmetto Drive, Los Angeles CA 90013

 

Please note: This event will require masks indoors and outdoors for all attendees, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Masks should be worn at all times when individuals are not actively consuming food or beverage. Unvaccinated individuals must maintain a 6’ physical distance from those outside of their household while consuming food or beverage. Anyone refusing to comply with mask requirements is subject to removal from the event. To notify the university of a positive case of COVID-19, please call 213-740-6291 or email covid19@usc.edu.

All attendees are required to complete a TROJAN CHECK wellness assessment. Please be sure to complete PRIOR to arriving on campus. Click here to complete 

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

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.