Kelly Akashi was born in Los Angeles in 1983 and she currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Akashi completed her BFA at Otis College of Art and Design in 2006 and her MFA at the University of Southern California in 2014. Her translucent blown-glass pieces, which are often incorporated with other elements and objects, such as fire, air, candles, and bronze casts, evoke organic transformation, growth, and decay.
Akashi’s most recent institutional solo exhibition is Long Exposure at SculptureCenter, New York (2017). Selected group exhibitions include LA: A Fiction at Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon (2017); Take Me (I’m Yours) at Jewish Museum, New York (2016); Streams of Warm Impermanence at David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2016); and Made in LA: a, the, though, only at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016). Her works reside in the collections of, among others, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum. Akashi will be an artist-in-residence at ARCH Athens and the Headlands Center for the Arts in California this year.
Photo: Courtesy the of the artist and Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; Photo by Hedi Slimane for Garage Magazine