The Kaikai Kiki Gallery is set to bring a disturbing slice of contemporary Japanese art to New York at this week’s Armory Show.
The Tokyo gallery has assembled a round-up of pop-culture perverting paintings from the likes of Mahomi Kunikata and Chinatsu Ban among others.
Kunikata sets the tone with her Manga inspired scenes of saccharine sweet tales descending into self-mutilation and seemingly random cruelty. Blood soaked body parts are interlaced with florals and toys, while also shown is a set of paintings on plastic sushi from the Maho Sushi series, which has been seen in New York before at the Japan Society’s 2007 exhibition Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture.
The gallery will also present works from its Artist’s Chamber, a project that sees emerging artists supported with studio space and personal guidance from the legendary Takashi Murakami who founded the Kaikai Kiki collective. Included will be works by Hiruki who creates a manic cartoon world, JNTHED who presents heavy tech robots and Suzukazu Suzuki whose Manganese scenes come suffused with a dark underbelly.
The Armory show takes place every March on Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan and runs from 8 through 11 this coming weekend.