Ken Kagami “TOYS“A”SS”

Dates: Jan 17 – 31, 2009
Opening reception: Saturday, Jan 17, 18:00 – 20:00

Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce our third solo exhibition with Ken Kagami, “TOYS“A”SS”. This latest exhibition will feature several sculptures made of plastic and plush toys.

Kagami’s debut solo exhibition, “MILK MAN” included drawings and sculptures presented in the viewing room of Taka Ishii Gallery (2003); Kagami’s second exhibition “penis” took place in gallery.sora. (2005).

Kagami’s distinctive works are characterized by their simple expression of conflicting ideas. Pure and virginal plastic and soft toys created for babies and children are boldly combined with objects, which represent sex, violence and excrement. These two worlds, which naturally never crossover, merge and transform objects into giggle-inducing, amiable, yet bizarre pieces of art which invoke a horrific, natural human instinct. This is achieved through Kagami’s sharp sense of color, form and pure ideas.

“Toys look indecent and sexual to me.” Ken Kagami

Kagami’s work humorously confronts social taboos and has received glowing reviews not only in Japan, but also overseas. His international solo exhibitions include “SNOOPee” at The Journal Gallery, New York (2008) and “HELLOWIEN” presented by KRINZINGER PROJEKTE in Vienna (2006). Kagami’s work has also inspired San Francisco based independent rock group, “Deerhoof” (KILL ROCK STARS) and has served as stage, costuming and album concept material.

Kagami often uses skulls as a primary means to express his ideas; however, he concentrates on plastic and plush toys for this exhibition – as the title “TOYS“A”SS” implies.