Combining her soft spot for the low-brow art movement with its humorous, pop surrealistic imagery and its roots in underground comix, punk and surf culture with her fondness for Japanese pop culture and its rich traditional heritage, Barcelona based artist Okokume aka Lau Mas gives the image of the Geisha a new appearance.
The first German solo show of the Spanish artist at OPEN WALLS Gallery will not only introduce an overview of her latest acrylic paintings to the audience, the opening ceremony on the 4th of June will be accompanied by a live painting session of Okokume and the disclosure of a huge mural on the façade of the Stattbad – to present her characteristic mainly turquoise and pink coloured Geisha portraits in all its glory. Based on this mural there also will be a screenprint made by the artist, that is going to be hand pulled at Stattlab and sold during the exhibition.
Eponymous for the show, which runs from the 4th til the 27th of June 2015, is the Japanese expression for living things – “Ikimono”. Thereby Okokume articulates the special relationship between the predominant subject of her artworks – the young and beautiful yet decomposing Geisha – and the things that surround her. These traditional masks, paper lanterns, exotic animals and floral ornaments derive from the world of Japanese traditions and get revived in Okokume’s pop surrealistic imagery.
OPEN WALLS GALLERY
Press & Private View
Thursday June 4th. 17:00 – 18:00
Vernissage & Opening Ceremony
Thursday June 4th. 18:00 – 22:00
Runtime 04.06.-27.06. Wed-Sat 13-19h
The exhibition will be open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 13:00 – 19:00 or by appointment. Guided tours will be held daily at 17:00 and private tours may be organized on request.