January 20 - February 3, 2018
Nearest Trains: C,G, and a short walk from the Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center Station
No. 1 Pretty is an interactive installation by Harlem-based artist Aya Rodriguez-Izumi. Rodriguez-Izumi invites viewers to pass through a cascade of tinsel along a pathway to a small, circular enclosure. Inside, participants will receive a nail salon experience while being prompted to reveal intimate information. The artist performs as both nail artist and confidant, creating a unique work of art on a finger nail while providing participants with a brief, quiet moment of introspection. This confessional booth-cum-nail salon is transformative environment that underscores the intimate rituals we perform in our day-to-day lives.
About the Artist
Aya Rodriguez-Izumi was born in Okinawa, Japan and was raised splitting her time between Okinawa and Harlem. She received a BFA from Parsons in 2009 and an MFA from The School of Visual Arts in 2017. Her work has been shown in exhibitions at El Museo del Barrio, RUSH Gallery, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the University of Pittsburgh, Space Heater Gallery, and Knockdown Center along with projects in conjunction with PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, FLUX Art Fair, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among many others. Rodriguez-Izumi is a current fellow of the A.I.R. Gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn where she is preparing for her spring 2018 solo exhibition Project Iceberg. Aya Rodriguez-Izumi can also be followed on Instagram.