Mixed media on wooden panel, 40.6 x 28.7 inches
Colorful Rebellion-Seventh Nightmare
February 28 – March 29, 2014
Kianga Ellis Projects
516 W. 25th Street, Studio 306B
New York, NY 10001
Gallery Hours: Wed. – Sat. 11am – 6pm
Nearest Subway: C, E @ 23rd Street
Thurs. February 27th 3 – 5pm
Opening Reception with the Artist:
Thurs. February 27th 6 – 8pm
Armory Arts Week Performance:
Thurs. March 6th – Sun. March 9th
Happening periodically during gallery hours: 11am – 6pm
Kianga Ellis Projects is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in the United States for Sebastian Masuda, Japan’s preeminent ambassador for the cultural phenomenon of Harajuku kawaii. Colorful Rebellion – Seventh Nightmare is an all-over immersive environmental experience composed of colorful toys, ribbon, girl’s accessories, fake fur and an empty bed that expresses Masuda’s interpretation of the Seven Deadly Sins.
The artist, already well-known as founder of the iconic Harajuku boutique 6%DOKIDOKI, is the art director for Japanese pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and other contemporary cultural phenomena in Japan.
At Kianga Ellis Projects, Masuda uses a contemporary art context to communicate the deeper essence of the Harajuku culture he helped make famous around the world. In creating a world beyond fashion, popular culture and the imagery of the iconic Harajuku girl, the artist uses unconventional materials and colorful objects associated with child’s play to reveal the complexity, darkness and obsessions composing his inner world.