A growing force to reckon with, Aiko Nakagawa puts the Pow! in pretty things.
Months in the making, the solo show “Love Monster” opens at Joshua Liner with vast collage pieces, poppy colors and bold black&white, bunnies, silkscreens, silk stockings, symbols and sex kittens as collected and arranged by Aiko, artist and street artist.
Frequently she’s mentioned as a former member of the Brooklyn street art collective Faile but we can probably drop that reference and just talk about this dynamic talent on her own merits from now on, as Aiko continues to push her women past the simple gimmick to a position that asserts it’s own power. Mining many of the same cultural reference points as her street art contemporaries, she figures out how to free them from camp and irony. “In your face” isn’t a pose, it’s the posture.
Solo Exhibition in Galleries I and II
April 18 to May 16, 2009
Reception: Saturday April 18th from 6-9 pm