Weekend Recommendations – Lady Aiko + Cherry Blossoms
Here are 2 things very Japanese – Lady Aiko LOVE MONSTER
April 18th-May16th (Reception April 18th 6-9pm)
LOVE MONSTER’s after party SHUT UP AND DANCE @ LOVE April 18th 10pm-midnight
Opening reception, Galleries I & II: Saturday, April 18, 6–9 PM
Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present Love Monster, an exhibition of new mixedmedia works by the Tokyo-born, Brooklyn-based artist AIKO. Love Monster is AIKO’s first solo outing at the gallery and her largest show to date.
As a founding member of the artist collective FAILE, formed in 1999, AIKO helped fuel the current wave of global contemporary street art with spontaneous wheatpastings and stenciling in numerous world capitals. The artist launched a solo career in 2006 with works on canvas that incorporate collage, stenciling, brushwork, spray paint, and serigraphy. This bricolage technique perfectly suits AIKO’s eclectic practice—a voracious mash-up of Japanese and American pop culture, including comics, children’s book illustrations, advertising, classic movie posters, and soft-core pornography.
AIKO draws inspiration from the urban street, Kawaii culture (“cute” in Japanese), and globalized depictions of female sexuality. While a Media Studies student at New School University in New York, she hid her art in plain sight by wheatpasting images throughout the city. It was then that she developed a signature synthesis of commercial graphics, sexual imagery, and the vocabularies of seduction and fantasy found in print, film, and electronic media.
And this might be the final week for checking out the cherry blossoms. Go to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and see them in their last moments of splendor… See ya monday!