Misaki Kawai Exhibition at The Hole

Misaki Kawai: Moko Moko Doki Doki

Now through Sunday, February 14

The Hole – 312 Bowery (between Bleecker and Houston Streets)

Admission: Free

Japanese artist Misaki Kawai has her fourth solo exhibition at The Hole.

With Moko Moko Doki Doki, Kawai is exhibiting her first text paintings, which elicit doki doki (“thrilled,” “excited”) feelings, she also has giant moko moko (“fluffy”) sculpture on display.

Building on her work from the Honolulu Biennial and the current National Gallery of Victoria Triennial in Australia, Kawai shares open and inviting works with the public to build connection through art. Her giant pet-able, comb-able sculptures have rudimentary faces like emojis and are rated G, for all ages. The paintings circulate faces and text to show the primitive building blocks of the world: chu (“kiss”), suki (“like”), peko peko (“hungry”), pero pero (“licking”), kuru kuru (“spinning”). Using mimetic word pairings, Kawai creates a zone of creative play: bold, colorful, and immersive.

Peko Peko by Misaki Kawai
Misaki Kawai

About Misaki Kawai

A native of Kagawa Prefecture, Japan, Misaki Kawai uses low-tech crafty goods such as yarn, fabric, felt, and wood to create her cheerful illustrations.

She has held exhibitions around the world, including the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Malmö Konsthall in Sweden, Children’s Museum of Arts in New York, and the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. Her works have been featured in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1 and Deitch Projects in New York.

Recent solo exhibitions include Take Ninagawa in Tokyo and V1 in Copenhagen, as well as a traveling exhibition in South Korea. Check out her current works at the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, and the book she made for the exhibition, here. For more information, please visit her website.

About The Hole

The Hole is a contemporary art gallery run by Kathy Grayson, famously the caretaker of Instagram sensation @bertiebertthepom (in the post above, he is chewing on one of Kawai’s furry sculptures). Open since July 2010, The Hole presents monthly solo and group exhibitions with a focus on emerging art and thematic group exhibitions. The gallery represents more than fifteen artists from America and abroad, including Japanese artists Misaki Kawai and Katsu.

In between exhibitions The Hole hosts performances, events, and special projects across disciplines to support collaboration and the downtown artist community.

Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon until 7:00 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, please visit The Hole’s website.