Exhibitions - Point Reflection

Aki Sasamoto
Point Reflection

10.22.23 – 03.10.24

An installation view of Aki Sasamoto's Sink of Float. In a large industrial-looking room hang three white boards covered in spiral-looking symbols and different numerical notations. In the center of the image are a rotisserie oven and large fridge. On the left and right sides of the room are industrial sinks topped with table-hockey surfaces where snail shells and sugar cubes move around.

Aki Sasamoto, "Sink or Float", 2022, installation view at the 59th Venice Biennale. Image courtesy of Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, and Bortolami Gallery, New York. Photo by Wolfgang Trager.

Aki Sasamoto: Point Reflection presents a selection of recent works including Sink or Float (2022) and premieres a series of performances. Sasamoto’s practice is a unique synthesis of visual art and theatrical performance, engaging the banal and universal in human behavior through idiosyncratic sets of act and monologue.


Originally created for the 2022 Venice Biennale, Sink or Float is an installation that features a large number of snail shells that are put in motion driven by the air-table technology in the assortment of commercial kitchen furniture. Among them is a set of whiteboards with the artist’s handwriting that read: “When do you decide to go the other way?” The exhibition also includes Past in a future tense (2019) which centers air-driven kinetic movements of hand blown whiskey bottles in a sports bar setting composed of a wooden counter, cocktail tables, and overhead TV monitors. Through these frantically spinning shells and whisky glasses, Sasamoto choreographs a meticulously organized chaos, with hints of science experiments. 


Sasamoto’s work addresses the unquestioned “normalities” in the various corners of our everyday psyche. From craving alcohol and doing laundry to more ineffable human impulses around romance or weather forecasts, she acts along absurdist narratives that occur, unfold, and playfully interconnect. Informed by her background in mathematics and dance, Sasamoto’s methodically constructed cosmos questions our perceptions of the ordinary, normal, or familiar.


Aki Sasamoto: Point Reflection is organized by Hitomi Iwasaki, Head of Exhibitions/Curator.


The schedule for a series of performances will be announced.



About the Artist

Aki Sasamoto (b. 1980, Kanagawa, Japan) is a New York-based artist working in performance, dance, installation, and video. She has had solo exhibitions and performances at venues including: Arts and Letters, New York (2023); Danspace Project, New York (2020); The Kitchen, New York (2017); and SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York (2015). Sasamoto has been included in group exhibitions including: 59th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2022); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2022); and Aichi Triennale, Aichi, Japan (2022); Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2022); Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India (2016); Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2012); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Greater New York, MoMA/PS1, Long Island City, New York (2010); and the Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan, among others. She was an artist in residence at Atelier Calder, Saché, France (2021) and is a recipient of the Calder Prize (2023). She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Art’s Sculpture Department.


Aki Sasamoto: Point Reflection is made possible in part by lead support from the Ford Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Japan Foundation. 


The Queens Museum is housed in the New York City Building, which is owned by the City of New York.


The Museum is supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Mayor Eric Adams, the Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, and the New York City Council under the leadership of Speaker Adrienne E. Adams.


Major funding is generously provided by the Booth Ferris Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Mellon Foundation, the MacMillan Family Foundation, the Lambent Foundation, E.A. Michelson Philanthropy and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.