New York-based Japanese artist Misaki Kawai strives to make work true to the innocent, honest integrity of adolescent playfulness, but on a more grand and sophisticated level. Her sculptures have ranged from unconventional aircraft to secret icy mountain space stations, variously populated by such characters as a post-Beatles Ringo alongside R2D2 and C3PO, or several versions of Kawai herself.
Misaki Kawai graduated from the Kyoto College of Art (Kyoto, Japan) in 1999, and traveled to Turkey, Nepal, and Thailand, where she was greatly influenced by handmade dolls, textiles, and low quality manufactured objects. She currently lives and works in New York.
The Overlooked Spaceis a display vitrine in the front entrance of Plug In ICA that has been overlooked throughout Plug In’s 12 year occupancy of 286 McDermot. In an effort to participate in discourses surrounding alternative exhibition spaces and models, Plug In has invited guest curator Paul Butler to program this diminutive space.