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Akino Kondoh's "KiyaKiya" at Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo

by Suzanne on October 14th, 2011


Waiting (sketch) by Akino Kondoh, pencil on gesso, mounted on canvas, 2008, 26 ×38 cm - click to enlarge

Oh, Akino Kondoh! There are only few artists who can cut us so softly yet viscerally with melancholy and dreamy childhood imagery like her.

There's a way she draws her bodies with enormous economy and minimalism in the line yet absolutely bursting with voluptuousness that her girls are always suggestively frivolous and provocatively inviting us to some innocently perverted play. Lustful feral Kindfrauen - not unlike Anke Feuchtenberger's Die Hure H (The Whore H) and Fuco Ueda's dripping nymphets.

Ladybird's Requiem, which won her a YouTube award, illustrated this fluidity perfectly:

For the first time in 3 years, and after her international success as cover artist for Top Shelf's AX - A Collection of Alternative Manga, Akino presents a new animation, KiyaKiya - hopefully soon to be seen on her YouTube channel - as well as drawings, oil paintings and sketches at Tokyo's Mizuma Art Gallery.

The very sweet press release explains:

"The term "KiyaKiya" comes from the old Japanese expression "mune ga kiyakiya suru." Kondoh first encountered it in Shibusawa Tatsuhiko's “Introduction to the collection of girls” in the chapter about "childhood experiences." This expression, which describes “an enigmatic, nostalgic, disturbing feeling,” or an impression of “deja-vu”, is at the origin of the "KiyaKiya" series.

Kondoh says "very intimate things are easier to share with strangers than public ones." In the present exhibition, you will experience an uneasy and nostalgic feeling, as if you had long forgotten an important something and were about to remember it. Some memory locked down in your heart might very well resurface."

... and now, music!

On show: Oct 11 - Nov 12, 2011

Address: Mizuma Art Gallery, 2F Kagura Bldg., 3-13 Ichigayatamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0843, Japan, tel: +81.3.3268.2500 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 11 AM - 7 PM

Press release

Catalogue: A catalogue containing 200 sketches for the animation "KiyaKiya" will be presold at the gallery. (ISBN:978-4-904292-16-7)

Artist's website

WurzelForum discussion

2011 Greetings, Puny Earthlings!

by Suzanne on January 6th, 2011

Spooky times. A bit over 700 days now until the end is so fucking nigh that its fetid breath will steam up your non-prescription hipster glasses. So I guess 'tis as good and jolly as any a time to wish you all a belated happy new year and ask you to please stop bitching about 2010 and projecting all your vapid hopes onto this one because, quite frankly, deep deep down you know that nothing will ever change and that we're all doomed either way. Yay!

In related uplifting news, this is the 8th time the WurzelBlog has witnessed the dawn of a new annus horribilis and call it tradition, call it indolence, we tend to mark it by re-posting whatever our leader Trevor Brown has posted.

So here it is, your official 2011 (eye) opener:


New Year Card by Trevor Brown, 2011 - click to enlarge

I really wish we'd all live in a TB world where our shoes have an "L" or "R" on them because hell knows I sure do need such guidance through this obscure existence of ours.

Also here to wish you all the best is the ever charming Akino Kondoh:


© Akino Kondoh , 2011

The people at Kotaku bring us The Best Games From The 80s You've Never Heard Of ...


(I apologise for the potentially annoying ads you'll get with this - thanks, Robert M Fenner!)

.... and Timeless has things of unimaginable greatness planned for you this year:


(Just imagine it's a rl book and flip through the pages by using the little white arrow, you morons!)

In movie news, The Sound of Music is getting a long overdue minimalistic ultraviolent re-release:


(via Valentina Tanni)

And finally, I'm glad to announce that Joanna Ebenstein's Morbid Anatomy Library now has regular opening times:

Saturdays, 12-6 PM, starting this Saturday, January 8, 2011.

I think we can therefore conclude that annus 2011 will be a bittersweet headache-inducing mix of things ocular, radiological, 80s, inked, painful and morbid. Amen.