• Mahomi Kunikata
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About the artist

Mahomi Kunikata’s work is deeply personal and psychological.  Heavily influenced by the otaku culture of sexually explicit manga, Kunikata’s work adopts the genre’s conventions to explore and communicate issues of abandonment, masochism, and depression. Often filling notebook after notebook with nightmarish depictions of cruelty, Kunikata’s personal drive to produce drawings overpowers the careful, methodical approach necessary to produce a professional comic work.  The result is raw, powerful, and confronting. Art critic Midori Matsui writes, “Embodying the darker side of the adolescent psyche, Kunikata reveals the regressiveness of contemporary Japanese society caught in its cycles of infantile play, while at the same time her visceral response to its chaos provides a way beyond its abject lack of meaning.” Introduced to the art world through Takashi Murakami’s GEISAI event and its precursor Geijutsu Döjö, Kunikata has shown her work in several group exhibitions internationally, including Little Boy at the Japan Society in New York in 2005 and J’en Rêve at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris in 2005.  Her work has been exclusively featured at NADA Art Fair (Miami, 2005), GEISAI #9 (Tokyo, 2006), and VOLTAshow02 (Basel, 2006).

About Kaikai Kiki
Kaikai Kiki was founded by Takashi Murakami in 2001, and evolved from its predecessor, the Hiropon Factory.  Its goals as an enterprise include the production and promotion of artwork, the management and support of select young artists, general management of events and projects, and the production and promotion of merchandise.  With bases in Tokyo and New York, Kaikai Kiki is a pioneering organization looking to the future to broaden the horizons and parameters of contemporary art. For more information on Kaikai Kiki, please visit www.kaikaikiki.co.jp 1979 Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan 2000 graduated from the Graphic Design Department of Nippon Design College with a major in illustration. Participation at Murakami’s art seminar Geijutsu Dojo

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A Blaze In The Country
2007
Oil on canvas
194 x 259 cm
Outside
2007
Oil on canvas
130 x 162 cm
Kotasu's Adventures
2007
Oil on canvas
162 x 130 cm
On The Bedsheet
2008
Oil on canvas
162 x 130 cm
E-kun's Suicide Wish
2007
Oil on canvas
162 x 130 cm
Raison d'Etre - Kindness
2008
Oil on canvas
194 x 259 cm
And The Prince And The Princess Will Live Happily Ever After
2008
Oil on canvas
162 x 130 cm
The Fancy Funeral
2008
Oil on canvas
130,3 x 162 cm
The Sound Of Body And Mind Freezing
2005
Oil on canvas
162 x 130 cm
Stones Of Ufo Shrine
30 x 20 cm
2004
Oil on canvas
Specimen Of Jelly Chans Eye53 x 86,5 cm
2007
Oil on canvas, diptych
Crayons
15 x 11 cm
2005
Oil on canvas
Sound Of Body And Mind Freezing - The Story Of Gyuui-Supplement
60,6 x 72,7 cm
2008
Oil on canvas
Combustible Girl And The Photograph
33,2 x 23,2 cm
2008
Pencil and color pencil on paper
A Big Strawberry Full Of Vitamins
33 x 23 cm
2007
Pencil and color pencil on paper
Iced Harakomeshi Melting
34,2 x 25,2 cm
2007
Pencil and color pencil on paper
Autumn Foliage Tower
36,4 x 25,8 cm
2007
Pencil and color pencil on paper
A Souvenir
38,3 x 27,2 cm
2007
Pencil and color pencil on paper
Dial 6666 For Love
2007
Pencil and color pencil on paper
33 x 23 cm
The Characters Of Volume 2 Group Shotbr/>33 x 23 cm
2007
Pencil and color pencil on paper<
Angel Protector
33 x 23 cm
2007
Pencil and color pencil on paper
Demons Are Good Too
23 x 33 cm
2007
Pencil and color pencil on paper
Raising A Mini Gyui
23 x 33 cm
2007
Pencil and color pencil on paper
Aglio Olio
33 x 23 cm
2007
Pencil and color pencil on paper
Suzumi And The Dead Dolphin
33 x 23 cm
2007
Pencil and color pencil on paper
Foul Ball
33 x 23 cm
2007
Pencil and color pencil on paper
Stomach Sword
30 x 20 cm
2005
Oil on canvas

Group Exhibitions

2008

“Kiki Artists,” Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.

Japan Foundation, place TBA.

2007

“Art Amsterdam,” Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

“Art Rotterdam,” Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

“The Door into Summer: The Age of Micropop,” Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan.

2006

“VOLTAshow02,” Basel, Switzerland Agnes Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan.

2005

“Kaikai Kiki Exhibition,” Aoi Gallery, Osaka, Japan.

J’en Rêve, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris.

Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture, Japan Society, New York, NY.

2004

Tokyo Girls Bravo New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY.

2003

GEISAI 4, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan.

Hope—The Future is in Our Hands, LAFORET Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.

GEISAI 3, Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan.

2002

Tokyo Girls Bravo 2, NADiff, Tokyo, Japan.

2000

Geijutsu Dojo Exhibition, LAFORET Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.

Bibliography

2006

March of the Absent Friends, Reflex New Art Gallery, Amsterdam.

2005

Murakami, Takashi. Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture, Japan Society, New York, NY, pp. 74-75

Demir, Anaïd. “« J’en Rêve », le frisson de nos 20 ans,” Le Journal des Arts, July Matsui, Midori.

“Murakami Takashi ga, rekishiteki bunmyaku kara japanÄ«zu poppuāto o hodokiakasu(‘Takashi Murakami analyzes Japanese pop art from a historical context’),” Marie Claire Japan, August, p. 111 Youssi, Yasmine.

“Place aux jeunes chez Cartier,” Le Journal du Dimanche, July 3 Asano, Masahiko.

“Otaku no teki: Murakami Takashi no meikaku naru henkō(‘An enemy of otaku: The clear transformation of Takashi Murakami’),” Bijutsu Techō, June, p.104-109 Miyamura, Noriko.

“Kiseru x Murakami Takashi: Ongaku to āto de yumemiru mirai(‘Kicell and Takashi Murakami: Dreaming of the future with music and art’),” Switch, June 2005, p.96 Matsui, Midori.

“Art SV Cut Up,” Studio Voice, June, p.78 Jana, Reena.

“Cute d’etat,” Time Out New York, April 28-May 2, p.74-5 Stevens, Mark.

“Toxic Cuteness,” New York Magazine, April 18, p.84 Lubow, Arthur.

“The Murakami Method,” The New York Times Magazine, April 3, pp.56, 64, 76 Darren, Ressler.

“Vision: Murakami,” Big Shot, April 2005, pp.20-3

“Exploring Kawaii,” Fashion Projects, 2005 issue, 20-21 2004 Smith, Roberta.

“Tokyo Girls Bravo”, The New York Times, March 25, p.B33 2002 Tokyo Girls Bravo.

Takashi Murakami, Kaikai Kiki, Tokyo, Japan, pp.54-65