Misaki Kawai
Moko Moko Doki Doki

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MISAKI KAWAI
Moko Moko Doki Doki

January 7 – February 14, 2021

OPENING: Thursday, January 7th from 6-9pm

The Hole is proud to announce our *fourth* solo exhibition by Misaki Kawai at the gallery. Following up “Hair Show” (2013) “Cave Life” (2016) and “Pine Cone Times” (2018) we are very psyched to learn what “Moko Moko Doki Doki” will be! As in the painting above Misaki will be exhibiting her first text paintings, and while we are sure there will be Doki Doki (excited, heartbeat), Misaki also exhibits giant fluffy sculpture providing the Moko Moko or “fluffy”.

Building on her work from the Honolulu Biennial and the current National Gallery of Victoria Triennial in Australia, Misaki shares open and inviting works with the public to build connection through art. Her giant pettable, combable sculptures have rudimentary faces like emojis and are rated G, all ages. The paintings circulate faces and text to show the rudimentary building blocks of the world, “chu” (kiss), “suki” (like), “peko peko” (hungry), “pero pero” (licking), “kuru kuru” (spinning). Using mimetic word pairings Kawai creates a zone of creative play; bold, colorful and immersive.

Kawai has held exhibitions around the world, including the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; Malmö Konsthall in Sweden; Children’s Museum of Arts in New York; and the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. Her works have been featured in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1 and Deitch Projects in New York. Kawai has had recent solo exhibitions in Tokyo with Take Ninagawa and V1 in Copenhagen, as well as a traveling exhibition in South Korea. Check out her current works at the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, and the book she made for the exhibition, HERE

Email raymond@theholenyc.com for more available works
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MK 120

Misaki KawaiKe, 2020, Acrylic and pom pom on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, 61 x 61 cm

 

MK 121

Misaki KawaiPom Pom, 2020, Acrylic and pom pom on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, 61 x 61 cm

 

MK 122

Misaki KawaiChu, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches, 91 x 91 cm

 

MK 123

Misaki KawaiDoki, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches, 91 x 91 cm

 

MK 124

Misaki KawaiSuki, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches, 91 x 91 cm

 

MK 125

Misaki KawaiPeko Peko, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, 91 x 121 cm

 

MK 126

Misaki KawaiPero Pero, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, 91 x 121 cm

 

MK 127

Misaki KawaiMoko Moko, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches, 122 x 91 cm

 

MK 128

Misaki KawaiDaisuki, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 inches, 152 x 152 cm

 

MK 129

Misaki Kawai, Kuru Kuru, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 inches, 152 x 152 cm

 

MK 130

Misaki Kawai, Moko Moko (Blue), 2020, Faux fur, felt, wood, steel, 60 x 60 x 12 inches, 152 x 152 x 30 cm

 

MK 131

Misaki KawaiMoko Moko (Pink), 2020, Faux fur, felt, wood, steel, 60 x 60 x 12 inches, 152 x 152 x 30 cm

 

MK 132

Misaki KawaiMoko Moko (Yellow), 2020, Faux fur, felt, wood, steel, 96 x 96 x 18 inches, 244 x 244 x 46 cm

 

MK 133

Misaki KawaiMoko Moko (White), 2020, Faux fur, felt, wood, steel, 24 x 24 x 10 inches, 61 x 61 x 25 cm

 

MK 134

Misaki KawaiMoko Moko (Red), 2020, Faux fur, felt, wood, steel, 24 x 24 x 10 inches, 61 x 61 x 25 cm

 

MK 135

Misaki KawaiMoko Moko (Green), 2020, Faux fur, felt, wood, steel, 24 x 24 x 10 inches, 61 x 61 x 25 cm