Seven Japanese Artists Serve Up Psychedelic Pop Visions of the Future at Micheko Galerie
Installation view of “NEO JAPAN,” Micheko Galerie, Munich. Courtesy Micheko Galerie.
The seven artists on view here all live and work in Japan, producing
The illustrative work of
Imaitoonz’s Studio Cat (2014) is an imaginative portrait of a young woman, done up with cat-like make-up, fangs, and slitted pupils. Her face is tattooed with the print’s title, she wears an array of wires and headphones and music devices, and a bird perches in her hair on a pencil. One might imagine her as an avatar for the artist at work: part techne, part human, part feral, with a manic collection of references and images colliding in one spot.
Many of Hathway’s cityscapes are designed for use by witch-like characters—little girls flying through the clouds and skyscrapers. They’re surrounded by steampunk technology: elaborate Victorian machines with dials, vacuum tubes, and lights. In Robotic Lolita (2014), Hathway shows two girls in a hall overlooking a cloud city, fixing a gold-plated and velvet lined machine. Scientific Alice (2014), likewise, shows a busty young girl, with stockings and something like a technological archive. The artwork serves as a metaphor for the show itself: the psychedelic pop art on view here updates the graphic and technological approach of earlier arts, looking backward through history and forward to the future.
“NEO JAPAN” is on view at Micheko Galerie, Munich, Apr. 2 - May 16, 2015.
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