|V1 GALLERY PRESENTS
A solo exhibition by Misaki Kawai
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY AUGUST 11. 2017. TIME: 17.00 – 22.00
Flowers, cats, Koalas and underwear. Showers, bananas, boobs and blobs. Dolphins, dogs and a magic frog – could be poisonous. Fluffy club. Shapes morphing and emerging. Go figure, or not. Transatlantic commuter consumer cave paintings. Extended family snapshot. All the wrong colors at the right time.
Misaki Kawai (b. 1978, Japan, lives and works between New York and Japan) works with painting, drawing, sculpture, artists’ books and objects, clothes, furniture and installation. She combines the magical with the mundane, pursuing a direct expression from brain to hand, trying to shortcut conscious and intentional stylistic decisions. Her work is bold, colorful, spontaneous and driven by artistic intuition. Her visual language, influenced by east and west, combines humor with tragedy, reality with dream, conflict with harmony. Kawai created Romantic Melody during a 2 month residency in Copenhagen, Denmark. Kawai has recently exhibited at The Hole, New York, USA, Malmö Kunsthall, Malmø, Sweden and Dio Horia, Mykonos, Greece.
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I do not know what brought me here
Faces are lost, and places passed
Some faces left a mark,
But it’s hard to guess
A tale that plays with logic; Eighteen brings together a select group of international artists, focusing on
Mountains, cabins, cacti, a water fountain, elongated face, the sky… direct references to nature, the backdrop, forms that are irregular. All equally as seductive, alive & generous. Synthetic qualities remind us that this is not real life just a mere echo, a play that is kindly orchestrated into a whimsical coherence. A side step form the day to day Danish weather, entering into a fairytale scene. Forms are elongated, prolonged and heavily pronounced almost sadistically. There is a buoyancy, somehow. Works play on scale, clunky awkward shapes rest calmly, modest pictures float, the scene of a seance about to commence quizzically placed – brings the tone into dispute. The space, large white & dominant, laden with natural light imbues this play allowing the small works to become intimate and the large works become somewhat ordinary.
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We look forward to seeing you,
V1 Gallery / Eighteen