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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“Kiki Artists,” Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
Japan Foundation, place TBA.
“Art Amsterdam,” Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
“Art Rotterdam,” Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
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“VOLTAshow02,” Basel, Switzerland Agnes Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan.
“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.
Tokyo Girls Bravo New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY.
GEISAI 4, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan.
Hope—The Future is in Our Hands, LAFORET Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.
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