Atelier Bow-Wow
Past event


Artist talk: Friday, January 30, 6:30 pm

Founded by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima in 1992, Tokyo-based architecture studio Atelier Bow-Wow explores the use and function of space within urban environments. Bow-Wow developed the term “pet architecture”—a style of small, ad hoc, multifunctional structures that make the most of limited space. Using the framework of art galleries or museums to experiment with form and behavior, Bow-Wow’s newly commissioned project for REDCAT is the culmination of an extended Los Angeles residency period, during which Tsukamoto and Kaijima researched the Case Study House program and made this postwar project a point of departure in thinking about domestic dwellings. Informed by the principles of the program—which enlisted architects to design low-cost homes for the masses with prefabricated materials—as well as the urban dynamics of contemporary Los Angeles, Bow-Wow’s Small Case Study House responds to contemporary models for housing in L.A. as they relate to concepts of customization, re-use, and “architectural behaviorology.” This is Atelier Bow-Wow’s first solo exhibition in the United States

This exhibition is made possible by a generous grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Additional support provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Nimoy Foundation and the Japan Foundation.

Free gallery admission underwritten by generous support from Ovation TV. The Standard is the official hotel of REDCAT.

About the artists

Atelier Bow-Wow was established by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima in 1992. Tsukamoto (b.1965, Kanagawa, Japan) graduated from the Tokyo Institute of Technology where he is currently an associate professor. Kaijima (b.1969, Tokyo) graduated from Japan Women’s University. She is currently assistant professor at Tsukuba University and has taught at ETH in Zurich. They have also taught at UCLA and Harvard University. In addition to numerous building projects, Atelier Bow-Wow has participated in the 2008 Liverpool Biennial, 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, 2007 Sâo Paulo Bienal, 2006 Busan Biennale, Echigo Tsumaari Art Triennale in 2003, 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and the 2002 Gwangju and Shanghai Biennales. Their work has also been included in group exhibitions at The Hayward Gallery, Walker Art Center, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo City Opera Gallery, and the New National Museum in Berlin.