Boroboro Dorodoro Exhibition - The Return of Japanese Subculture

Watari-um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art

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The art scene in the United States has recently begun to regain its momentum with the emergence of street subculture. Led by Barry McGee, the artists are from a generation that grew up on Japanese manga and 1960s psychedelia. Two Brooklyn-based artists will display their take on subculture for this exhibition.

Misaki Kawai (1978-), a graduate of Kyoto University of Art and Design, traveled to Turkey, Nepal and Thailand before settling down in New York. She will fill the gallery space with countless drawings on coarse paper, 3D works with fabrics and cutouts, huge installations with fuzzy cotton and fabrics - immersing the viewer in her world of 'boroboro'. A feeling of fuzziness in her uncomplicated drawings creates a softness that can be found in all of her works.

Taylor McKimens (1976-) understands Japanese subculture better than most Japanese and incorporates it into his art. His sense of wonder is probably similiar to what we felt forty years ago when we first saw Disney characters and Popeye. His work consists of installations of cutouts of paper colored with markers. At first glance, they look dirty and 'dorodoro', but a closer look reveals the beauty of their colors and finish. McKimens's work will always surprise you - a simple-looking work will actually contain such details as the leg hairs of a middle-aged man, or a 3D work might actually be paper folded into the shape of a cactus.

Related Events:
Japanese-America Good and Bad & Underground Summit Exhibition

Works by Japanese and American artists selected by Kawai and McKimens.

Part One: October 13th - October 26th "Good and Bad" Group
Part Two: October 27th - November 9th "Pop and Psychedelic" Group
Part Three: November 10th - November 23rd "Punk and Visual Noise" Group

Drawing Party:
October 14th, 20:00-22:00
October 28th, 20:00-22:00
November 11th, 20:00-22:00
¥1500 (one drink included) or ¥3500 for attendance to all 3 parties
Call 03-3470-1424 to make reservations.

Opening talk: Slide Lecture by Misaki and Taylor
October 14th, 17:00-18:00
Call 03-3402-3001 to make reservations.

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Schedule

From 2006-10-14 To 2007-01-28

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Ashley Rawlings tablog review

Interview with Misaki Kawai

Misaki Kawai is currently showing her work with Taylor McKimens in the "Boroboro Dorodoro" exhibition at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ashley Rawlings tablog review

Interview with Taylor McKimens

New York based artist Taylor McKimens creates installations that are like three-dimensional cartoons. As well as showing his two-dimensional works and painting directly onto the wall, he uses paper and cardboard to make three-dimensional alterations to the space, creating new walls, objects and even people.

frf_momo36: (2006-11-23 at 00:11)

展示室に入るとまずは河井咲美ワールド。ぼろぼろ、というかキッチュな感じはするのだけど、こんなふうな作品をどこかでみたなあ。。。ああ、小学校のときに友だちと作った工作に似ているのかも。なんとなく懐かしさを感じた。
エレベーターで上に行けばそこはテイラー・マッキメンスワールドだ。まるでアメリカアニメの世界に入ったみたい。吹き抜けの空間から下の階の河井の作品が飛び出している。日本のサブカルを共通項にしても、二人の世界は同じようでやっぱり違う。
ワタリウムのパスポート制度が好き。

donald_japantimes: (2007-01-25 at 16:01)

Japan Times Art Beat
By Samantha Sinnayah

Though this amusing show stands above the usual work produced by the manga-inspired generation, these young artist's voices still need strengthening ...

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fa20070118b1.html

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