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Junko Mizuno's Flora Delirium & Mizna Wada's Yummy HauntsOct 11th 2010
FLORA DELIRIUM by Junko Mizuno
YUMMY HAUNTS by Mizna Wada
November 13, 2010 – November 29, 2010
Opening Reception: November 13, 2010 (7 pm - 11 pm)
Alhambra, CA – Galley Nucleus is excited to once again welcome new works by Japanese artists Junko Mizuno and Mizna Wada. Both known internationally for their Kawaii Noir style and paintings of femme fatale cuties.
Please contact us to be placed on preview list.
Junko Mizuno is revered in the Gothic Kawaii/Kawaii Noir genre, a combination of all that is humorous and tragic. Juxtaposing childlike cuteness and horror, her demented nymphets are bold, colorful, erotic, morbid, yet at the same time comical. Mizunos work is versatile and has been featured in comics, prints, clothing, stationary, and as toys. An accomplished manga novelist, Mizuno has published numerous novels including Cinderalla, Hansel and Gretel, Little Fluffy Gigolo PELU, Princess Mermaid, and Pure Trance. Her artwork has exhibited at galleries in New York, Seattle, Toronto, Tokyo, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Berlin, and Rome.
In this most recent body of work, Mizuno explores and plays with organic and decorative elements. Unleashing her nymphet terrors free to run amuck amongst blooming flora in a lush, exploding botanical oasis.
Mizna Wada is a illustrator and designer whose wide-eyed, cute yet creepy lolitas are inspired by the horror comics she read while growing up in Tokyo. Wada's girls possess a childlike innocence with a hint of mischief that frequently lend themselves to macabre predicaments. Her works represent a variety of mediums including Gocco prints, paper-cut, acrylic, and vinyl toys. Oftentimes, Wada brings her characters to life in the form of darling hand-made plush dolls. Fashioned head to toe, the beautifully adorned, one-of-a-kind and expertly crafted creations are nothing short of charming and an absolute delight.
Inspired by the 'Hansel & Gretel' fairytale, Wada has created a series of paintings and dolls for 'Yummy Haunts' that are a delicious combination of sinfully sweet with a terrifying twist.