Maiko Kikuchi (b.1983, Tokyo, Japan) received her B.A in Theater Arts and Fashion Design from Musashino Art University, Japan in 2008, her M.F.A in Sculpture from Pratt Institute, in 2012.

 

Extensive multi-faceted professional experience in the areas of Illustration, painting, drawing, collages,sculpture,animation and puppetry/performance. Her recent self direction object theatre piece “Daydream Tutorial” has shown at LaMaMa(NY) The Wild Project(NY) and FiveMyles Gallery(NY), ”On The Other Side Of The Fence.” at Dixon Place (NY) as their 2016 artist in residency, “PINK BUNNY” at Japan Society(NY), “Daydream Antology” at Five Myles(NY) as an opening performance in their performance festival “IN FLUX”. As well as self directed theatre pieces, Kikuchi has been working as a puppeteer, object builder and visual designer for other director’s shows such as “Co. Venture” by Brooklyn Touring Outfit at Baryshnikov Art Center(NY), “Six Characters” by Theodora Skipitares at LaMaMa(NY), “ The Chairs” by Theodora Skipitares at Whitney Museum(NY). As Visual artist, she presented her collage animation in “Crown Heights Film Festival”,group exhibition“NO PARKING” at Ca’d’ Oro Gallery(NY), “Unwritten stories” at HERE art center(NY), Jamestown Artcenter(RI). Her drawing/collage works are commissioned to some online art galleries such as Tuuum, Walls Tokyo, also provides collage animation music videos for vary musicians. Kikuchi is currently an artist in residency at HERE Art Center’s HARP program, collaborating with multidisciplinary artist & puppeteer, Spencer Lott.

 

EDUCATION:

 

M.F.A., Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, 2012.

Major: Sculpture

 

B.A., Centenary College, Hackettstown, New Jersey, 2009.

Major: Individualized Studies, Fine Arts Concentration

 

B.A., Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan, 2008.

Major: Theatre Arts/Design, Fashion Design

 

Additional Study:  Aoyama-Juku Technical College, Tokyo, Japan, 2008.

Emphasis: Drawing and Illustration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS / PERFORMANCES:

 

 2019

 

Puppetry Festival “Object Movement Puppetry Festival” (curator) at The Center at West Park, New York, NY (May 17th-May26th) 

 

Live Performance Show 9000 Paper Balloons” By Maiko Kikuchi & Spencer Lott (Creator/Performer) as a part of a Performance Festival “Culturemart2018” at HERE ARTS, New York, NY (March 20th, 21st)

 

 

2018

 

Live Performance Show Excerpt from Daydream Tutorial” (Director/Performer) as part of “LaMaMa Kids” at LaMaMa ,New York, NY(December 22nd)

 

Live Performance Show 9000 Paper Balloons work in progress show” By Maiko Kikuchi & Spencer Lott (Director/Creator/Performer) at Dixon Place, New York, NY (December 18th)

 

Live Performance Show “Daydream Tutorial”(director/Performer) as part of Puppet Festival program”Jump Start” at LaMaMa, New York, NY (November 23rd, 24th)

 

Exhibition/Concert “Bariton no Yu-be” by Maiko Kikuchi (Visual art works) & Shun Kikuchi (operatic performance) at Topos, Tokyo, Japan(September 12th - October 3rd)

 

Performance art Residency Program “Object Movement” (Curator) at The Center at West Park, New York, NY (September 25h - )

 

Live Performance Show 9000 Paper Balloons work in progress show” By Maiko Kikuchi & Spencer Lott (Director/Creator/Performer) at HERE ARTS, New York, NY (August 28th)

 

Group Exhibition Four and Twenty Black Birds” at Jamestown Arts Center, Jamestown, RI (May11th-June 16th)

 

Live Performance Show Daydream Tutorial” (Director/Performer) at The Wild project New York, NY (March 10th, 11th 2018)

 

Live Performance Show 9000 Paper Balloons” By Maiko Kikuchi & Spencer Lott (Director/Creator/Performer) as a part of a Performance Festival “Culturemart2018” at HERE ARTS, New York, NY (March 5th, 6th, 2018)

 

Live Performance Show Daydream Tutorial” (Director/Performer) as a part of a Performance event “Puppetry Performances” at FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY (January 25th, 2018)

 

Live performance show Daydream Anthology” (Director/Performer) as a part of Performance festival “Special Effects Festival NYC: CLUSTERF*CK! 2018” curated by Lisa Cliar at The Wild Project, New York, NY(January 13th, 2018)

 

2017

Asian Society of Arts Annual Exhibition 2017 “In Time/ Out Of Place” curated by Katya Grokhovsky at Parasol Project, New York, NY (November 21st- 26th)

 

Film Festival “Crown Heights Film Festival” at FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (October 26th- 28th)

 

Art Residency Program “Object Movement” (Curator) at The Center at West Park, New York, NY (September 12th - May 26th 2018)

 

Live Performance Show“Co.Incident” by Pepper Fajans/Brooklyn Touring Outfit (Direction/Performance) at JACK, Brooklyn, NY (August 22nd-25th)

 

Poetry Inspired Fashion Line “ZAIKO” By ZAIKO LLC(Partner/Lead Designer), registered in California, (Since August 2017-)

 

Live Performance Show “Co.Incident (in process)” by Pepper Fajans/Brooklyn Touring Outfit (Creation/Performance), at Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn, NY (April 1st)

 

Artist in Residency at HERE Art Center (March 2017- March 2020) New York, NY

 

Group Exhibition, “Unwritten Stories” at HERE Art Center, New York, NY (January 17- March 10)

 

Live Performance Show, “On The Other Side Of  The Fence” (Direction/Creation/Performing) at Dixon Place, New York, NY(January 11th)

 

2016

 

Live Performance Show “Fuzzy Wuzzy Was A Bear” (Direction/Creation/Performance),  at “Winter Wonder Land” at LaMaMa, New York, NY(December 17th)

 

Live Performance Show “Blood Wedding” By Theodora Skipitares (Mask Creation), at Teatro LATEA, New York, NY(December 4th)

 

Live Performance Show “PINK BUNNY” (Direction/Creation/Performance), at Japan Society, New York, NY (December 10th, 11th)

 

Live Performance Show “Co.Venture” by Brooklyn Touring Outfit (Visual set design/Creation) at Baryshnikov Art Center, New York, NY(November 16th- November 18th)

 

Live Performance Show, “Daydream Anthology” (Direction/Creation/Performing) at In Flux Festival, Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY(November 11th)


Live Performance Show, “Chimney-holic” (Direction/Creation/Performing) at Dixon Place, New 

York, NY(September 28th)

 

Artist in Residency at Dixon Place(September-December,2016) New York, NY(September 1st- December 31st)

 

Live Performance Show, “The Freight Project Performance” directed by Rachael Shane (Puppeteer), Cloud City Brooklyn, NY(August 29th)

 

Live Performance Show “Repeat After Me As Fast As You Can” 

at Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY(May 14th)

 

WorkshopUses of Object in Performance and Storytelling” at Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY(May 14th)

 

Live Performance Show “Six Characters” directed by Theodora Skipitares, (Visual Art, Puppeteer) at LaMaMa, New York, NY(March 31 - April 16)

 

Live Performance Show “Discrepancies”directed by Amanda Friou, (Puppeteer) at “Labapalooza” at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY(January 28th- January 31st)

 

Live Performance Show “Co.Venture” by Brooklyn Touring Outfit (Visual set design/Creation) as a Part of Wildside Festival, Montreal, Canada(January 7th - January 17th)

 

 

 

2015

 

Live Performance Show “No Need For A Night Light On A Light Night Like Tonight” (Direction/Creation/Performing) at LaMaMa, New York, NY

 

Group Exhibition “No Parking”, Ca’ d’ Oro Gallery, New York, NY

 

Live Performance Show “Co.Venture” by Brooklyn Touring Outfit (Visual set design/Creation) as a Part of Montreal Fringe Festival, Montreal, Canada

 

Live Puppet Performance “Daydream Anthology” (Direction/Creation/Performing) as a part of “Friday Night at BKSD”, Brooklyn Studio for Dance, Brooklyn, New York

 

Online Group Exhibition “Show #25” presented by Field Projects URL: fieldprojectsgallery.com

 

Live Puppet Performance “Daydream Anthology” (Direction/Creation/Performing) as a part of “OPEN” curated by Aki Sasamoto, at Livingston Arts Building, Piscataway, New Jersey 

 

Live Puppet Performance “The Erdos Discrepancy”directed by Amanda Friou, (Performer), Dixon Place, New York, New York

 

Group Exhibition(Charity Auction) "Without A Safety Net” presented by Weill Corell Community Clinic, Midtown Loft & Terrace, New York, New York

 

Group Exhibition “The Artist as Provocateur. Pioneering Performance at Pratt Institute”, The Rubelle & Norman Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 

 

 

2014

 

Group Exhibition “Grab Bag”, Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY

 

Live Painting Performance “RainbowTransistor” (Direction/Performing),Hot Wood Arts, Brooklyn, New York

 

Group Exhibition “Kaleidoscope2” Space 776, Brooklyn, New York,

 

Live Painting “30minutes memorandum”, Northside Festival, Brooklyn, New York,

 

 

Live Puppet Performance “PINK BUNNY”, (Direction/Creation/Performing) at “Labapalooza!”, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York,

 

Improvisational Collaboration Live “Music and Visual Arts”, (Live Painting), Blue Building, New York, New York,

 

Two Person show”To See, or Not to be Seen”, Hot Wood Arts, Brooklyn, New York,

 

Live Puppet Performance “The Chair directed by Theodora Skipitares”, (Creation/Performing,) CUNY Graduation Center New York, New York,

 

Group Exhibition “Kaleidoscope” Space 776, Brooklyn, New York,

 

Group Exhibition “Ambush Market Show” Brooklyn Flea, Brooklyn, New York,

 

2013

 

Group Exhibition “Winter Salon Show” Space 776, Brooklyn, New York,

 

Live Puppet Performance“La MaMa Kids: Following The Wind - Tales From The New World /directed by Jane Catherine Shaw” (Performing/Creation.), La MaMa, New York, New York,

 

Live Puppet Performance“The Chair directed by Theodora Skipitares” (Performing/ Creation) Whitney Museum ,New York, New York

 

Live Puppet Performance “The Guy I Met in Japan” (Directed/Creation/Performing.) Presented by Puppet Slam, La MaMa, New York, New York,

 

Art Benefit Group Exhibition NURTUREart Benefit” Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, New York,

 

Group Exhibition “Selected Illustrations of TIS Competition vol.11” Gallery 5610 ,Tokyo,

 

Live Puppet Performance “Daydream Anthology” (Direction/Creation/Performing.) Presented by Puppet Blok, Dixon Place, NewYork, New York,

 

Live Puppet Performance“The Ionesco Project directed by Theodora Skipitares” (Creation/Performing, ) Humanities Gallery, Brooklyn, New York,

 

Live Puppet Performance“Daydream Anthology”, (Direction/Creation/Performing) Presented by “Labapolooza!” St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York,

 

Group Exhibition “Gallery HANA Selection- Reconstruction 1”, Gallery Hana Shimokitazawa

Tokyo, Japan

 

2012 

 

Solo Exhibition, “My Neighbor Always Pretends Not to be Home” Pratt Institute Studio Gallery ,Brooklyn, New York,

 

2011

 

Group Exhibition, “No Trend”, curated by Jamillah James, Stuben South Gallery, Pratt Institute,

Brooklyn, New York,

 

Group Exhibition, “Welcome Show”, Stuben South Gallery, Pratt Institute,Brooklyn, New York,

 

Group Exhibition, The Pratt Harlem Project”, 2280 Frederick Douglass Blvd, 

New York, New York,

 

Group Exhibition, Hadas Gallery, Brooklyn, New York,

 

 

 

 

 

2009

 

Solo Exhibition, “Super Twins House”, Agee Salon Daikan-yama,Tokyo, Japan,

 

Group Exhibition, Aoyama Book Center Gallery, Tokyo, Japan,

 

2008

 

Group Exhibition, Aoyama Book Center Gallery, Tokyo, Japan,

 

Solo Exhibition”Box- Garden” Musashino Art University Gallery,Tokyo, Japan,

 

2007  Solo Exhibition “Fuyu-No-Onnshitu”, Andon Café Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

 

2006 Group Exhibition“Deko-Zakka”, Mushashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan,

 

2005  Group Exhibition , “The Frame”, Gallery ES, Tokyo, Japan,

 

 

 

COMISSIONED WORK:

 2019

 

Music Video “Diu Diu Deng” (Visual Direction/creation) for Singer song writer Elena Moon Park

 

 

 

2018

 

Logo Design for Company “Chamber”

 

T-shirts Design for Music Band The Sharp Shadows

 

Music Video “PUSH PUSH PUSH”(Visual direction/creation) for Music Band The Sharp Shadows

 

 

 

 

2017

 

Music Video “Barren Grove”(Visual direction/creation) for Singer song writer Matt Pless

 

 

2016

 

Music Video “YOUR SONG”(Visual direction/creation) for Singer song writerZachary Field

 

 

 

2015 

 

Kokoronomori Shinjuku clinic, Creating illustration works for doctor’s blog on their website (On going)

http://www.kokoronomori.jp/cat-26/

 

2014

 

Walls Tokyo (online art gallery) (on going) 

http://www.walls-tokyo.com/interview/detail.php?no=0

 

2013

 

The ART MINT(online art gallery)   (On going) 

http://theartmint.com

 

TUUUM (the first artist-run community for supporting, buying and collecting art.) (On going)

http://www.tuuum.com

 

2012

 

“FFFFFF Walls” (Interviewed)

 http://ffffffwalls.com /

 

2009

 

Homer-Faber Fashion Designer’s Community Group,  Created Invitation to Fashion Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan,

 

Coffee no Kaori, Created Marketing/Advertising Post-Card for Coffee Company,Tokyo, Japan,.

 

2008

 

Lamutee Cosmetics, Created Identity Campaign Illustration and Leaflet for Cosmetics Company, Tokyo, Japan, http://www.lamutee.jp/

 

2007

 

Go-do-shuppan Publications, Created Book Cover and Illustrations for Book: Watashi Cacaobatake de Hatarakitudukete (I’m Eight Years Old and Working in a Field of Cacao), Authors: Yuka Iwatuki, Tomoko Shiroki, and Tomoko Mizuyori,. http://www.godo-shuppan,co.jp

 

ACE (Action Against Child Exploitation) Organization, Created Illustration for the Product Design of a Children’s Game, to raise capital funds for this group’s cause. http://acejapan.org/