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SELECTED WORKS BY Laurel Nakadate

Lucky Tiger #2
Laurel Nakadate
Lucky Tiger #2

2009

C-type print with fingerprinting ink

10 x 15.2 cm
I’d always thought of ‘Lucky Tiger’ as a cheap Chinese aftershave lotion, its name promising its users success in the hunting of women. Laurel Nakadate may not have had this particular association in mind, but her tiger is certainly out for sexual adventure: it’s crouching right there on the crotch of her bikini, ready to pounce. And she invites men to paw her. Posing as a Lolita updated for our times, Nakadate goes off on an American road trip with a big, virile pick-up (her work involves a lot of word-plays), posing for the camera in contemporary cheesecake mode that owes a lot to music and exercise videos, advertisements, calendars and soft-core porn. The pictures she takes are purposely ‘bad’ (another subliminal wordplay), but they’re really just a pretext. It’s what comes next that gives her work its punch: she invites middle-aged men (found on Craigslist) and invites them to fondle the pictures with inked fingers. But what they see is not what they get. “I want to be the one who’s hunted,” Nakadate explains, “[but] I also like the idea of turning the tables – the idea of them thinking that they’re in charge or that they’re in power and they’re asking me for something and then I turn it on them, where I’m the director and the world is really my world.”
Lucky Tiger #3
Laurel Nakadate
Lucky Tiger #3

2009

C-type print with fingerprinting ink

10 x 15.2 cm
Lucky Tiger #4
Laurel Nakadate
Lucky Tiger #4

2009

C-type print with fingerprinting ink

10 x 15.2 cm
Lucky Tiger #8
Laurel Nakadate
Lucky Tiger #8

2009

C-type print with fingerprinting ink

10 x 15.2 cm
Lucky Tiger #9
Laurel Nakadate
Lucky Tiger #9

2009

C-type print with fingerprinting ink

10 x 15.2 cm
Lucky Tiger #10
Laurel Nakadate
Lucky Tiger #10

2009

C-type print with fingerprinting ink

10 x 15.2 cm
Lucky Tiger #29
Laurel Nakadate
Lucky Tiger #29

2009

C-type print with fingerprinting ink

10 x 15.2 cm
Lucky Tiger #35
Laurel Nakadate
Lucky Tiger #35

2009

C-type print with fingerprinting ink

10 x 15.2 cm
Lucky Tiger #78
Laurel Nakadate
Lucky Tiger #78

2009

C-type print with fingerprinting ink

10 x 15.2 cm
Lucky Tiger #80
Laurel Nakadate
Lucky Tiger #80

2009

C-type print with fingerprinting ink

10 x 15.2 cm
Lucky Tiger #81
Laurel Nakadate
Lucky Tiger #81

2009

C-type print with fingerprinting ink

10 x 15.2 cm
Lucky Tiger #96
Laurel Nakadate
Lucky Tiger #96

2009

C-type print with fingerprinting ink

10 x 15.2 cm
Lucky Tiger #105
Laurel Nakadate
Lucky Tiger #105

2009

C-type print with fingerprinting ink

10 x 15.2 cm
Text by William A Ewing

Laurel Nakadate's BIOGRAPHY

Laurel Nakadate
Born in 1975, Austin, TX
Lives and works in New York, NY



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Laurel Nakadate: Only the Lonely, MoMA PS 1, Long Island City, NY
365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects

2010
Some Recent Fever Dreams, Chalk Horse, Sydney, Australia

2009
Fever Dreams at the Crystal Motel, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY

2008
Laurel Nakadate, Pleasure Dome, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Stay the Same Never Change, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO

2007
Laurel Nakadate, Chalk Horse, Sydney, Australia

2006
A Message to Pretty, Danziger Projects, New York, NY
Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind, Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC

2005
Love Hotel and Other Stories, Danziger Projects, New York, NY

2004
Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

2002
We Are All Made of Stars, Daniel Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY


GROUP EXHIBITIONS



2012
Out of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London

2011
She Devil 5, Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO), Rome, Italy
Involuntary, Ford Projects, New York
Laurel Nakadate Presented By the Art Production Fund at the Standard Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Staging Action: Performance in Photography Since 1960, The Museum of Modern Art, New York,
Alice in Wonderland, Turku 2011, Turku, Finland
Images from a Floating World: 19th Century Erotic Prints and the Echo in Modern and Contemporary Art, Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, NY

2010
Art Star, Galerie SAW, Ottawa Canada
She: In Her Teens and Twenties, University Art Gallery, San Diego State Univ. San Diego, CA
Saccharin, Grimm Museum, Berlin, Germany
Love Sick, Billboard Project, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW, Australia
Back to New York, HP Garcia Gallery, New York, NY
Seks Is Mer, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Escape from New York, 24 ½ Van Houten Street, Paterson, NJ
Day and Night, The Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen
Group Show, Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA
Desire, The Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas, Austin
Medianation, curated by Gilbert Vicario for Fotofest 2010, Houston

2009
Endurance: Daring Feats of Risk, Survival and Perseverance, Abington Art Cntr., Jenkintown, PA.
Now That I’m By Myself, She Says “I’m Not By Myself,” Diverse Works, Houston
Unreal Asia, 55th International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany
Pictures: Tracey Baran, Nikki S. Lee, Laurel Nakadate, Kunié Sugiura, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY
KunstFilm Biennale, Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
KunstFilm Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
KunstFilm Biennale, KunstWerke, Berlin, Germany
Invisible Adversaries, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, England
Thorn Eye, Motus Fort, Tokyo, Japan

2008
As Others See Us, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
One Way or Another, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
One Way or Another, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Weight of the World, Reed Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2007
Americans in New York, Gallery Michel Rein, Paris, France
Keeping up with the Joneses, Schroeder Romero Gallery, New York, NY
KunstFilm Biennale, Cologne, Germany
One Way or Another, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Weather Report, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
This Is My Country, Seminal Projects, San Diego, CA
Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, TX
The End is Nigh, Higher Pictures, New York, NY
Identity Thieves, Asia-Australia Arts Centre- Gallery 4A , Sydney, Australia
50,000 Beds, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Idiot Joy Showland, IFC Film Center, New York, NY
Fung Wah, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
A Night at The Museum, Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
M*A*S*H, The Helena, New York, NY
One Way or Another, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX

2006
Heartbreaker, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Haunted States, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
KunstFilm Biennale, Berlin, Germany
Video And Performance, Okay Mountain, Austin, TX
One Way or Another – Asian American Art now, Asia Society, New York, NY
Reckless Behavior, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan

2005
Dead of Winter, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
Oh Boy, New Center for Contemporary Art, Louisville, KY
I Was Only Acting, Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Greater New York, P.S. 1, New York, NY
Nine Portraits, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Vicious, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CA
KunstFilm Biennale, Cologne, Germany
Art Review: 25 – 25 Best Emerging Artists, Phillips, De Pury and Co, New York, NY

2004
Get Off, Museum of Sex, New York, NY

2003
Towards a Low-End Theory, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, MN
Fresh Blood, Center for Experimental Photography, Buffalo, NY
25 Under 25, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Chapel Hill, NC

2002
Enough About Me, Momenta, Brooklyn, NY
Holiday Shopping, Wallspace Gallery, New York, NY