Kaikai Kiki Gallery will exhibit at the Armory Show 2012

Kaikai Kiki Gallery will exhibit at the Armory Show 2012

Kaikai Kiki Gallery

Mahomi Kunikata, The Forest of Squashed Fruit, 2008.
Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 80 cm.*

March 1, 2012

Kaikai Kiki Gallery will exhibit at
the Armory Show 2012

The Armory Show -  Contemporary
March 8–11, 2012
Pier 94, New York City


Kaikai Kiki Gallery will exhibit at the Armory Show 2012, from March 8–11, with an exhibition of contemporary Japanese art.

The booth will showcase work by artist Mahomi Kunikata, known for her psychologically charged images combining the aesthetics of young girl manga with themes of cruelty and self-mutilation that echo the darker traditions of outsider artists such as Henry Darger. Among the pieces on display will be a set of paintings on plastic sushi from the popular “Maho Sushi” series, previously seen at the New York Japan Society’s 2007 exhibition Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture. Other works include a provocative sculpture of a young woman whose body has been grotesquely transformed into a human bicycle. 

Along with Kunikata, paintings by Chinatsu Ban, another artist whose work was seen in Little Boy, will also be shown. In addition, the booth will draw from the gallery’s “Artists’ Chamber,” an ongoing project in which emerging artists are provided studio space and personal guidance from Takashi Murakami. Included will be works by ob, Hiruki, JNTHED, Haruka Makita,  Suzukazu Suzuki, Hiroaki Sato, and Eri Ohama.

As a whole, the exhibition illuminates the shadows of contemporary Japan and provides a powerful example of the ways in which the aesthetics of Japanese subculture have divorced from their narrative origins and evolved into their own distinctive artistic form.

About Kaikai Kiki Gallery
In 2006, Kaikai Kiki moved its headquarters from a small prefabricated studio in Saitama’s Asaka city to an urban office building in Motoazabu, Tokyo. It was also at this time that we began using the basement floor of the building as a private viewing room for select guests. In March of 2008, we took great pride in re-opening this once exclusive space as Kaikai Kiki Gallery.

We have held exhibitions for not only our resident Kaikai Kiki artists, but also international figures like Anri Sala, Mark Grotjahn, Matthew Monahan, and Friedrich Kunath. We will continue to invite artists both in and outside of Japan to exhibit, helping to create new and deeper links between art and the world at large.

Motoazabu Crest Building B1F
2-3-30 Motoazabu
Minato-ku, Tokyo

Press inquiries
Contact Brad Plumb
Email: press@kaikaikikiny.net
Phone: 718-706-2213
Fax: 718-706-2218 


*Image above:
(c) 2008 Mahomi Kunikata/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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