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Lady Aiko Nakagawa  New York, NY

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About Lady Aiko


As a founding member of the artist collective FAILE, formed in 1999, AIKO helped fuel the current wave of global contemporary street art with spontaneous wheat pastings and stenciling in numerous world capitals. The artist launched a solo career in 2006 with works on canvas that incorporate collage, stenciling, brushwork, spray paint, and serigraphy. This bricolage technique perfectly suits AIKO’s eclectic practice’a voracious mash-up of Japanese and American pop culture, including comics, children’s book illustrations, advertising, classic movie posters, and soft-core pornography.

AIKO draws inspiration from the urban street, Kawaii culture (‘cute” in Japanese), and globalized depictions of female sexuality. While a Media Studies student at New School University in New York, she hid her art in plain sight by wheatpasting images throughout the city. It was then that she developed a signature synthesis of commercial graphics, sexual imagery, and the vocabularies of seduction and fantasy found in print, film, and electronic media.

She is currently wrapping up a show at the Joshua Liner Gallery. For more information on show and Lady Aiko check out this video.


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10 of 14 reactions displayed


Jacob

05.16.2009 @ 10:53 PM

reminds me of some of the 1960's poster work.

Casey shannon

05.14.2009 @ 12:20 PM

Very hip. I like it.

Bailey

05.13.2009 @ 6:47 PM

Your work rocks! You have really showed your true colors in your paintings. I look on thes link for insperation and I just found it. I am a fellow artist my self but I like to draw portraits. Paintings are really my insperation in my drawings. I love looking in paintings for ideas in my art work. You guys have made my day!

Dan

05.13.2009 @ 2:59 PM

beautifully composed. excellent use of repetition and color. i really love the imagery, even tho i don't fully understand the meaning, meaning isn't what matters to me in these pieces. the sense of mystery captivates me and keeps me searching and finding new things to love about these.

Davajune

05.13.2009 @ 2:48 PM

It's as if Andy Warhol had been a burlesque woodblock printer in Edo-era Japan, transported through time to modern New York into the hands of a street gang who forced him to work in a mall (at a Hot Topics conveniently located across from a Sanrio outlet) so he could sell acid without attracting attention from the police. (...the TIME police!!)

Definitely an adventurous romp through (multiple) pop culture(s)!

Robert zimmer

05.13.2009 @ 1:54 PM

I think this a really inspirational piece of art work. It has a 1960's and 1970's vibe to it.

Isidra

05.13.2009 @ 1:43 PM

well i really dont understand what these pictures mean or what these art is about... not in a mean way its nice but in every project that i have seen from an artist i can get a feeling of what it is but i'm not understanding much what this pictures mean...

L

05.13.2009 @ 12:56 PM

Very different but yet very popish. I like it . Keep up the good work.

Thewittywrite

05.13.2009 @ 12:52 PM

I usually don't comment on art, but this is beautiful. I really like it.

Cassandracarr

05.13.2009 @ 12:18 PM

i think its awesome and some of the best work ive seen in a long time! Beautiful

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