“All gallery furniture will be remodeled as Kawai’s idiosyncratic characters: snakes, dogs, people and blocks”
Misaki Kawai, Airshow, 2007. Installation at Kenny Schacter Contemporary, New York
This is a perfect setting for Kawai’s approach to art and creativity, which is connected to the Japanese concept of “heta-uma” or “bad technique, good sense.” She believes that art surrounds every individual and that technique is less important for creative expression than an open mind. Children understand this intuitively, which is why Kawai’s primary target audience for her show at the children’s museum is actually adults. Through her art and the printed gallery guide, Kawai will prompt adult visitors to make art and take a creative leap along with their children.
The centerpiece of Kawai’s exhibition is a gigantic fuzzy dog — 11 feet tall and 18 feet long — that is stuck in a comedic way between two gallery pillars. Enormous combs will enable children and adults to comb the dog’s hair. As visitors explore the rest of the gallery, they will find themselves in an all-encompassing, interactive installation straight from Kawai’s imagination. All gallery furniture will be remodeled as Kawai’s idiosyncratic characters: snakes, dogs, people and blocks — each with an individual personality and a specific function that encourages art making.