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Born 1983, Modesto, California

Lives and works in Los Angeles

Represented by Simon Preston Gallery, New York


MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
PGDip, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
BA, University of California, Irvine, CA

Solo Exhibitions:

Bent-Light Night, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles
Hungry Human (Mountain Hunter), Simon Preston Gallery, New York
A Sad Bit of Fruit, Pickled in the Vinegar of Grief, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Death's Boutique, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (with Marco Rios)
Migrating Body & Generative Power, CAA, Los Angeles, CA
Pining Wind, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
Dissolver, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA
Mad Amour, Simon Preston Gallery, New York (with Marco Rios)
Self Laid Bare, Room Gallery, Irvine, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Devouring Time, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA
The First Rebellion is History. Next Week Rome Falls, Simon Preston Gallery, New York
Synthetic Ritual, Nichols Gallery and Pitzer Art Gallery, Claremont, CA
LANY, Peter Blum Gallery, New York
The Los Angeles Initiative, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles
The shortest distance between 2 points is often intolerable, Brand New Gallery, Milan
Procedural, MacArthur B Arthur, Oakland, CA
Eternal Telethon: Eternal Service, Free Church of Public Fiction, Los Angeles
VOLUME, AT1 Projects, Los Angeles, CA
CAPITALISM IN QUESTION (Because It Is), Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA
A Universe We Can Believe In, Oliver Art Center, California College of Art, Oakland, CA
California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
November, Again, Curated by Jeffrey Uslip, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, NY
Fat Head Balloon Self-Portrait, Exercising for Exorcising (Mein Doppelgänger), My Lights (Kokopelli), C3PO, Simon Preston, New York, NY
My Buddy, The New Wight Gallery Biennial, UCLA Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Other Project, with the Attempters. Curated by Evelyn Serrano. Valencia, CA
Lost Streams: The First Frontier was The Water's Edge, Estacion Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico
November, Curated by Jeffrey Uslip, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, NY
It Was the Blurst of Times, Curated by Jason Kunke, Commerce Street Artist Warehouse, Houston, TX
Agent Once, Acuna-Hansen, Los Angeles, CA
Rag and Bone, Curated by Frog Morris and Jeanine Woollard, Three Colts Gallery, London, UK
Black Autumn Gold Supported by The Union, Meals & SUVs Gallery, London, UK
I've Done This Before, Slanguage Gallery, Wilmington, CA
Yank, Andrea Bowers' and Sam Durant's studio, Los Angeles, CA


Ennis Ciara and Gabi Scardi. Synthetic Ritual. Claremont, CA; Inland Group. 2011.
Berardini, Andrew. The Shortest Distance Between 2 Points is Often Intolerable. P.R.G. Milan. 2011.
Diacono, Mario. Kara Tanaka: A Sad Bit of Fruit, Pickled in the Vinegar of Grief. Gli Ori, Pistoia, Italy. 2010.
Firstenberg, Lauri, Malik Gaines and Cesar Garcia. LA><ART>5. Paper Chase Press, Los Angeles. 2010.
Rios, Marco and Kara Tanaka. Considered Ends. San Francisco: Boon Design.
Ennis, Ciara, Daniel Joseph Martinez and Dan Segal. Capitalism in Question (Because It Is). Claremont, CA: Inland Group.
Tanaka, Kara and Richard Turner. The Diamond Net. Los Angeles: Lulu.
Firstenberg, Lauri. 2008 California Biennial. Newport Beach: Orange County Museum of Art, exhibition catalogue.
Romano, Juliana, My Buddy: New Wight Gallery Biennial, Los Angeles: Typecraft Inc. Wood & Jones, UCLA arts, 2007.
Tanaka, Kara. "This is a Body Hijack". Agent Once: AGO: Volume I. Ed. Jason Keller and Kevin Wong, Los Angeles.


Liosi, Marianna. "L'eredita di Anubis: Anubis' Legacy." Drome Magazine. Issue N.19: Soprannaturale/Supernatural. Pp. 50-54. 2011.
Radujko, Gabriella. "Mythopoeic LANY Group Show at Peter Blum Gallery in Chelsea." ArtCards. 19 July 2011.
Solecki, Daniel. "What Comes Next? The Peter Blum Gallery Looks to Young Artists Working Beyond Postmodernism." Art Experience: New York City. 22 June 2011.
Kleinman, Rebecca. "The Young and the Restless." Art Basel Miami Beach, December 2010.
Laster, Paul. "The Best of Art Basel Miami Bach 2010." Flavorwire, 2 December 2010.
Orden, Erica. "In Miami Beach, a More Daring Art Basel." The Wall Street Journal. 27 November 2010.
Douglas, Sarah. "Beach Unbound." Art + Auction, November 2010.
Gandini, Manuela. "Tanaka, Sculture nell'aceto del dolore." La Stampa. 1 November 2010.
Schifano, Sara. "Interview with Kara Tanaka." Cura magazine, Italy. 25 October 2010.
Dehò, Valerio. "Tanaka, quelle domande sul destino corporale." Corriere di Bologna. 24 October 2010.
"Il destino del corpo umano? La non-imbalsamazione di Kara Tanaka alla Collezione Maramotti." 22 October 2010.
Morales, Julio Cesar. "The Power of Negative Thinking." and Garcia, Cesar. "Fractured Dualisms: Marco Rios and Kara Tanaka. Exhibition text for Death's Boutique. 2010.
Nataraj, Nirmala. "Death's Boutique: The Lighter Side of Dying." San Francisco Chronicle. 25 March 2010.
Silvoy, Sandra. "Art Review: Death's Boutique." KQED Arts. 23 March 2010.
Berkman, Claire. "Art Focus: Capitalism in Question." The Student Life. February 2010.
Firstenberg, Lauri. "Looking Forward." Frieze Magazine, January & February 2010.
Cheng, Scarlet, "Irvine Shines at OC", Artillery, Vol. 3, Issue 4. March/April 2009.
Taft, Catherine, "2008 California Biennial", Art Review, January & February, 2009.
Buckley, Annie. "Art by the Sea." Wild Blue Yonder. January/February 2009.
Paterson, Carrie, "Kara Tanaka at LAXART", ArtWeek, Vol.39, Issue 9. . November, 2008.
Dabkowski, Colin. "Time and Space: Hallwalls Exhibit Focuses on the Ravages of Decay, the Distance Between Us." The Buffalo News. 21 November 2008.
Coburn, Tyler, "Second Glance: November, Again", Art Review, Issue 24, July/August, 2008.
Uslip, Jeffrey, "Ten By Ten: Jeffrey Uslip on Kara Tanaka". Uber. Feb. 2007.
Alvarez, Saul, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Aaron Sandnes, and Kara Tanaka. "I've Done This Before." exhibition catalog, Los Angeles: Cake Mountain, 2005.

Awards & Residencies:

California Community Foundation, Fellowship for Visual Artists
Durfee Foundation, Artists' Resource for Completion grant for Considered Ends
Nimoy Foundation, California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art: Artist-in-Residence
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, United States Department of Education

Artist Talks and Discussions:

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

San Francisco Art Institute

Orange County Museum of Art

California State University, Fullerton

University of California, Irvine

Chapman University, Orange, CA

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY

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