Kiki Hasegawa at Shahnaz Gallery
This Autumn pen etc presents the first international exhibition of Japanese artist Kiki Hasegawa. On show at Shahnaz Gallery, 5th – 26th November, the exhibition encompasses two years of Hasegawa’s recent works.
The exhibited works are based on Hasegawa’s ongoing Zine series:
“In 2019, people were banned from going out, going to school and work, even Saturday night dances. To-kyo lost its glitz. I lived alone and spent my days in agony. The days weren’t a good time to compliment, but it was an opportunity to face myself. Meanwhile, my zine making started. The world is still affected by the influence of coronavirus… and my zine making is still going on.”
Reminiscent of 70’s pop art and abstract expressionism, Hasegawa’s works are a unique combination of his parents’ academic, oil painting skills, Japanese popular culture and his academic art historical studies into the masters of post-modern art. With references to Mondrian-esque forms, Lee Bae abstraction and Japanese street art, Hasegawa’s debut exhibition in London, marks an important moment in the artist’s career.
Alongside the ten new artworks, are a selection of Hasegawa’s studies and works on paper, a selection of which have been exhibited domestically throughout Japan.