Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Junko Mizuno at Moshi Moshi in Portland/OR

by Suzanne on July 6th, 2008

Kappa Lady Botan by Junko Mizuno

Junko Mizuno seems determined to launch yet another gruesome attack on American taste buds and optic nerves with her devilishly cute nymphets from hell.

The Kappa Show opened at Moshi Moshi Gallery in Portland a few days ago and will be on show till August 5, 2008.

Junko Mizuno explains the title as follows:

"Kappa are water spirits in Japanese folklore, often depicted as tortoise-like humanoids with green skin, beaked faces and
shells on their backs.

A cavity on the top of their heads is filled with water and is said to be their vulnerable spot - when it's dry, they lose their energy and power. [...]

They are loved by people as a cute character despite the fact that they are rumored to drag humans into the water and pull out their guts through their anuses."

Sweet! o_O

On show: July 3 - August 5, 2008

Address: Moshi Moshi Gallery, 916 West Burnside, Portland Oregon 97209, USA, tel: (503) 227 8253.

Opening hours: Mon - Sat, 11 AM - 6 PM


Buy Kappa Lady Botan (c.f. above - if you have the odd $4,500 to spare...)

Artist's website

Opening reception pics

Upcoming Pop Surrealism Group Shows in the US of A

by Suzanne on January 31st, 2008

A Cabinet Of Natural Curiosities

© Junko Mizuno - click to enlarge

Who: Femke Hiemstra, Travis Louie, Brian Despain, Amy Sol, Chris Ryniak, Chet Zar, Junko Mizuno, Liz McGrath, Kukula, Nathan Ota, Jim Woodring, et al.

Where: Roq La Rue Gallery, 2312 2nd Avenue, Seattle WA 98121, USA, tel: (206) 374-8977

When: Opens February 8, 2008, 6 - 9 PM

Why: Because Junko Mizuno will present a series of three new canvas paintings (c.f. image above).

Sideshow Redux: 20 Years

Madame Calivera's Corporate Identity Program by Todd Schorr - click to enlarge

Who: Andrew Brandou, Colin Christian, Korin Faught, Camille Rose Garcia, Travis Louie, Mark Mothersbaugh, Todd Schorr, Kathy Staico Schorr, Brian Taylor, Chet Zar, et al.

Where: Merry Karnowsky Gallery, 170 South La Brea Avenue, 1st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA, tel: 323-933-4408

When: Opens February 9, 2008, 8 - 11 PM | Closes March 8, 2008

Why: Because Brad Benedict came up with an amazing juxtaposition of artists that's bound to create an exciting and inspiring atmosphere.

Pop Subversion

Arrival and Intrepid Drift by Kris Lewis - click to enlarge

Who: Kris Lewis, Brendan Danielsson, Camilla d'Errico, et al.

Where: Ad Hoc Art, 49 Bogart Street, Buzzer 22, Unit 1G, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA, tel: 718.366.2466

When: Opens February 8, 2008, 7 - 9 PM | Closes March 2, 2008

Why: I don't even know why I bother linking to this show. The three artists above are the only ones who stand out from the very random selection of artists, imho. Also, I fail to see what's going to be "subversive" about that show. But then again, I'm just a grumpy old art nazi.