The Brooklyn-based Japanese designer Takeshi Miyakawa currently has a solo exhibition at John Doe gallery, also in Brooklyn. On display are a series of sculptural pieces, both abstract and functional. But in each instance they capture Miyakawa’s knack for reframing the small and ordinary.
“Think Small,” which is on view through May 28, 2017, is the antithesis to the common idiom that encourages bold, ambitious and sometimes overzealous actions. Miyakawa, through his keen and subtle understanding or material and structure, offers another path. “By addressing familiar functions with novel forms, Miyakawa’s designs compel us to re-calibrate relationships with our tools and surroundings,” says curator Kelly Koh.
Think Small is a combination of study models and final projects, allowing visitors a glimpse into Miyakawa’s process: a lesson into how bigger isn’t necessarily better.
We conducted a studio visit with Miyakawa back in 2012, shortly after he had been released from jail after a public art installation was mistaken for terrorism.