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Street Artist AIKO in “Edo Pop” at The Japan Society

Posted on March 4, 2013

Tidal waves of fertility and good luck are stenciled across the walls inside the Japan Society right now by Street Artist Aiko as part of the Edo Pop show that is examining the impact of Japanese prints on the work of contemporary artists.  Using motifs like the rabbit and butterfly, two of Aiko’s favorites that recur throughout her street stencils, this installation also references more mature themes of physical attraction and sexual liberation.

Aiko (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Throughout her piece are reoccurences of works she has done in the street, including the stenciled back of a crouching figure derived from a photograph by Martha Cooper from the 1970s. With Japan providing the formative cultural backdrop for the artist, she also makes sure to include a shout out to Brooklyn in the front and center of this collaged installation – the place where her work on the streets began in earnest about a decade ago. Like the Aiko installation, Edo Pop features a long list of artists whose work has been influenced by Japanese prints and is on view until June 9.

Aiko (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko. Wall reflection on glass panels. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko. Reflection of the installation on the gallery’s skylight makes it appear as a tower rising above the gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints opens at The Japan Society on March 09. Click here for further details.

 

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