This Friday, September 30th from 6-9pm is the opening of “Bad Luck Club” curated by Aya Kakeda and featuring the artwork of 13 female artists in the New York area. Here’s a special sneak peek of Aya’s work (images are cropped, so you’ll have to attend the show to see the whole pieces!).
According to Aya, “For this show I created two paintings that work together as a short story. One is me (as a mouse girl) wandering into the Oompa Loompas’ world. As a child, I was really scared of Oompa Loompas, so it is very ‘bad luck’ for me to walk into this world. The second painting is where the Cheburashka (a character from children’s literature originally developed in Russia) swallow the Oompa Loompas and save me! Also I should mention there are no political meanings behind the paintings. Just me, the Oompa Loompas and the Cheburashka in my imaginary world!”
If you take a close look at the images, you’ll notice that they are somewhat inspired by patterns found within mosaics. Aya mentioned that these paintings were the first she created after returning from Portugal, where she was very impressed by their beautiful mosaics known as “azulejos.” About the pieces, she says, “You can see the small dotted squares and repeated patterns, as if it is a mosaic, which also looks like an 8-bit computer world, which I like. One day it would be great to actually turn these into a huge mosaic mural!”
Bad Luck Club
September 30 – October 30th 2011