As many of you may know (or may have guessed by now), I am a big fan of Japanese art. Two of my latest finds in this area are Misaki Kawai and Chiho Aoshima. Both women are incredibly unique artists, but totally different. Currently, Aoshima (of Kaikai KiKi fame) is taking part in a Japan Society of New York exhibition called LITTLE BOY: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture, a show that features Takashi Murakami artists. Looks pretty interesting.
I am not quite sure where I first ran into Misaki Kawai. She is in a show at the Clementine Gallery, and has two more shows planned in the near future. Her scultures and installations are totally crazy and out there -- they look like something I may have created when I was in 3rd grade -- but she brings a tremendous amount of talent and design sense to her art, making it much more aesthetically pleasing than something I may have made back then.