Ken Kagami, HIGH-CLASS POTATO CHIPS, 2014 (Bronze)
Courtesy of the artist; and MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo.
Photo by Kei Okano.
“Comic objects,” as American writer and artist David Robbins calls them, rely more on their comic appeal than their aesthetic appearance. Though motivated by his experiences of the 1980s New York art scene, Robbins’ approach is gaining attention from a younger group of artists, including Tokyo-born Ken Kagami. Kagami’s current solo show “Bronze works 2013–2014” at MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo, hosts an unorthodox choice of found objects cast in bronze, with each piece reflecting an everyday concern. It’s his sense of imagination and morality that give equal strength to his choice of objects and to the world of possibilities to which they belong. For Robbins, it’s promo videos and Milwaukee suburbs. For Kagami, it’s radio shows and Sexy Art School Lectures, both of which take place over the course of the exhibition. An old graduation photograph purchased in the States and given to Kagami as a gift is proudly used as the poster for “Bronze works”. Moments like this, along with of the artist’s use of potato chips, crushed cans, and “daydreaming” bra, push the viewer to study the nature of their connection, if any. The best comic objects, though, are the least expected. The guest book notes the possible appearance of Damien Hirst at the gallery. “Ken’s best show yet,” he says. (Stuart Munro)
Ken Kagami’s exhibition “Bronze works 2013–2014” at MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo, runs until March 16.