Kianga Ellis Projects

Solo exhibitions and installations by artists at the vanguard of contemporary art practice.

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@TheWarholMuseum, @HelloJonte, @JapanSociety, CBS News & Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Visit Sebastian Masuda’s Performance


THANK YOU to the many hundreds who came during Armory Arts Week (March 6 - 9, 2014) to see Sebastian Masuda activate his exhibition Colorful Rebellion - Seventh Nightmare with performance featuring 6%DOKIDOKI shop girl Yuka. Our guests included Eric Shiner, Director, The Andy Warhol Museum; Pop music sensation Kyary Pamyu Pamyu; Patrons of The Japan Society, Jonte’ Moaning, performer and choreographer to Beyonce (Single Ladies, Freakum Dress) and CBS News. SUBSCRIBE to the mailing list for updates and check out some early online coverage of the exhibition after the jump.

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SEBASTIAN MASUDA ”Colorful Rebellion - Seventh Nightmare”
Opening Reception with the artist Thursday, February 27, 2014 6 - 8pm @ Kianga Ellis Projects, 516 W. 25th Street, Studio 306B, NYC 10001

SEBASTIAN MASUDA ”Colorful Rebellion - Seventh Nightmare”

Opening Reception with the artist Thursday, February 27, 2014 6 - 8pm @ Kianga Ellis Projects, 516 W. 25th Street, Studio 306B, NYC 10001


Sebastian Masuda | Colorful Rebellion - Seventh Nightmare | Feb. 28 - Mar. 29, 2014


Sebastian Masuda, Colorful Rebellion – Bear, 2014
Mixed media on wooden panel, 40.6 x 28.7 inches

Sebastian Masuda

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

Press Preview:

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.

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Sebastian Masuda’s Colorful Rebellion - Seventh Nightmare


Opening Reception February 27th, 2014 6-8pm

Exhibition Dates February 28 - March 29, 2014 at Kianga Ellis Projects during gallery hours Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm.

Sebastian Masuda's first exhibition in the United States will be an environmental installation of his art work series “Colorful Rebellion” interpreted as self-portrait of the artist. Seventh Nightmare divides the space of the gallery into seven “zones” representing the seven deadly sins. From March 6 - 9, 2014, Masuda-san’s alter ego and female self will inhabit the gallery during open hours (special open day on Sunday for Armory Arts Week!).

Tokyo Fashion writes:

For nineteen years, Harajuku’s iconic 6%DOKIDOKI boutique has been a key player in the spread of “kawaii” culture in Japan and around the world. The brand’s founder Sebastian Masuda might be described as a “kawaii evangelist”, eager to share his well-considered and well-informed philosophies on Harajuku and kawaii with everyone from the shop’s colorfully-dressed customers to academics at international conferences on Japanese culture. In addition to 6%DOKIDOKI, Masuda has been involved in many other kawaii-related projects – from the “Mighty Harajuku” earthquake recovery efforts to helping launch the career of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (Kyary was a 6%DOKIDOKI fan long before she became a household name).



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