Instagram: kissoftheworld

Born 1974 in Queens, New York, USA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California, USA

Statement: As an artist my main interest is in re-presenting the routine and the overlooked, as cultural gold. The everyday gesture and expression, the forgotten gift and the missed moment, all take center stage. My visual art practice, which consists of film, photography, illustration and graphic design, and my social/performative practice which consists of teaching workshops on harnessing one's intuition, engaging in synchronized and syncopated group activities, and writing and performing for a readers chorus, assert an everyday worldview in which transcultural and intangible sensitivities are positively the norm. Recent works like Invisible Kitchen (an installation of fictional menus and fake food samples), The Soroban and the Present (a 16mm film that travels through Los Angeles, unearthing forgotten gems and disappearing landmarks) and Japanese George Clooney takes American Ken Watanabe to get sushi (a text piece written for performance by a Readers Chorus), continue my mission of excavating and elevating the sidelined. Down to earth, funny, and informative, my work aims to remind us that often, the depth and diversity we are searching for outwardly in our lives, already exist right within ourselves and the cities we live in.

Background: Born in New York, raised in England and Japan, Haruko attended the University of Southern California (BA, 1997) and the California Institute of the Arts (MFA, 2003). She has exhibited and screened works at such places as the Armory Center for the Arts, The Torrance Art Museum, The Japanese American National Museum, The Library Foundation of Los Angeles, The Echo Park Film Center, The Asia Society, Rotterdam International Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art. Haruko is one half of the artist intuitive duo Krystal Krunch (with Asher Hartman) and since 2007 they have presented workshops at schools and art spaces/institutions ranging from Pomona College to Parsons School of Design and Machine Project to the Walker Art Center, Pulitzer Arts Foundation and Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre, London. She is a core member of The Readers Chorus (2014-present), a performative readers group who have performed at The Velasvelasay Panorama, Automata, The Wulf and The Museum of Jurassic Technology. Haruko has been a member of the Artist Pension Trust (Los Angeles) since 2009.

2003       MFA, Photography and Media Art, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
1997       BA, Fine Art, School of Fine Art, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

2017       6 week intensive Krystal Krunch workshop A Faraway Place Right Nearby: Re-
               enchantment in changing times
at Machine Project, Los Angeles
               Readers Chorus develops new work inspired by and performed at The Museum of
                    Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles
2016       Krystal Krunch develops workshop Surfaces Sensitive to Light for the Pulitzer Arts
in St. Louis, MO
2016       Commission from the California Community Foundation for the public art project
                    We Are Los Angeles
2016       The Soroban and the Present (16mm, color, sound, 20 mins) screens at the Artists'        
                    Television Access (ATA)
in San Francisco and Character Projects in Los Angeles
2015       Artist in residence at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
2015       Krystal Krunch psychic artists in residence at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art
                    Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY and Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
2015       Reader's Chorus performances at Automata and the Velasvelasay Panorama, Los Angeles
2015       Commission from The Library Foundation of Los Angeles for the exhibition To Live And 
                    Dine In L.A., The Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA 
2015       Included in the book written by Josh Kun To Live And Dine In L.A.: Menus And The 
                    Making Of The Modern City," from Angel City Press
2014       Joins The Reader's Chorus as a core member, Los Angeles, CA
2014       Shoots and edits first 16mm film in 10 years,  The Soroban and the Present
2014       LA AIR Artist in residence at the Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA
2013       Krystal Krunch develops the workshops Mini Lives, Mini Masquers: Past Life
                    Regression and Micro Theater
and Swinging to the B-side: Psychic design for Machine
                    Project and Pomona College
2013       Organizes "Group Movement L.A.,"a dedicated group of LA based participants to learn
                    the Japanese art of synchronized walking known as shudan koudou. Training culminates
                    in a final performance for video for the group exhibition Home Away, curated by Kris
                    Kuramitsu for the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
2012       Public art commission from the LA County Arts Commission for Fire Station 128,
                    Santa Clarita, CA
2012       Krystal Krunch successfully raises crowdfunds to travel to the U.K.
2012       Krystal Krunch goes on tour with Machine Project with a 3-part workshop Mind 
                    Reading for the left and right brain. The workshop travels to: Miller Gallery at Carnegie
                    Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), Hayward
                    Gallery at Southbank Centre (London, U.K.), Real Art Ways (Hartford, CN), Lulu
                    Hilliard University Art Museum (Lafayette, LA) and Parsons School of Design (NY)
2011       Krystal Krunch develops the intuition building workshop Seeing Beyond Speech which
                    becomes their foundation workshop which has since been offered at numerous colleges
                    and art institutions in the U.S. and abroad
2011       Solo exhibition CafĂ© Kiss of the World, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
2011       Becomes board member of The Society for the Activation of Social Space Through Art &
                    Sound (SASSAS), Los Angeles, CA
2010       Moderator for the SASSAS panel discussion Scattered Pilgrimages: Intersections between 
                    radicalism, collectivism and experimental practices with Wadada Leo Smith, Branden
                    Joseph, Bob Osterag and Dont Rhine (Ultra-red) at the Fiesta Hall, Los Angeles, CA
2010       Krystal Krunch develops the workshop Dreaming the Invisible Body Politic for the
                    Hammer Museum's "The Dream-In" event, Los Angeles, CA
2009       Becomes Board Vice President for Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA
2009       Krystal Krunch conducts energy reading of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2009       Included in the book written by Irene Tsatsos Common Threads, Shared Spaces from the
                    California Community Foundation
2009       Joins the Artist Pension Trust (APT)
2008       Solo exhibition What we give is ours forever, Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles
2007       Forms the psychic duo Krystal Krunch with Asher Hartman, Los Angeles, CA
2007       Solo exhibition and catalogue for Haruko Tanaka, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY
2006       I Love You (16mm, color, sound, 2 mins) screens as part of Tomorrowland: CalArts in 
                    Moving Pictures, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2006       Everythong Wrong durational installation, performance and 2-night event, Highways
                    Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA. Collaboration with Seema Kapur and Asher
2006       M-Y-MANIFESTO, Workshop: Fundraiser for South Central Farms manifesto writing 
                    workshop to raise funds for South Central Farmers facing evition. Collaboration with
                    Matt Dunerstick
2005       Receives Emerging Artist Visual Arts Grant from the California Community Foundation
2004       Receives Artist's Resource for Completion Grant from The Durfee Foundation
2003       California Telephone (16mm, b/w, sound, 3 mins) and AROUND Special Registration (DV,
                    color, sound, 18 mins) officially selected for the International Film Festival 
                    Rotterdam, The Netherlands 
2002       I Love You (16mm, color, sound, 2 mins) officially selected for the International Film 
                    Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands and the Asian American International Film
Asia Society, New York, NY