Sebastian Masuda: “Fur East Far Tokyo”
Friday, September 7 through Wednesday, October 31
Opening Reception – Friday, September 7 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Special Special – 44 East 1st Street, Storefront West (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
Sebastian Masuda is bringing his work back to New York! Join the gallery Special Special on Friday, September 7 as they present “Fur East Far Tokyo,” a collection of bold, fake fur wearable pieces from Masuda.
A Tokyo-based artist responsible for introducing Harajuku fashion to the rest of the world, Masuda is known worldwide as one of the pioneers of kawaii culture. He first opened his store 6%DOKIDOKI in Harajuku in 1995, and it is considered to be the epicenter of the “Sensational Kawaii” movement. Besides fashion, Masuda also specializes as an art director and is a visual artist who held his first solo exhibition “Colorful Rebellion- Seventh Nightmare” right here in NYC in 2014.
Additional info direct from @sebastian_masuda’s Instagram account:
“Special Special’s collaboration with Sebastian Masuda features shirts and bags designed by the artist, as well as a workshop where the public is invited to participate in creating new editions of featured products, utilizing fake fur selected by the artist.”
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NYの展示用にアトリエで制作中のカスタムアイテムの一部。今回のマテリアルはフェイクファー。#fauxfur #fakefur Making of "Fur East Far Tokyo".Collaboration with Special Special @specialspecialnewyork # # # Special Special is pleased to announce Fur East Far Tokyo, an exhibition featuring the work of Japanese artist, Sebastian Masuda. The artist is known for his role in expanding the Harajuku Style and is a key figure in developing the Kawaii Culture. In 1995, Masuda opened his iconic 6% Doki Doki store in Harajuku and has since gone on to open Kawaii Monster Cafe in Shibuya. Fake fur is a material often used by Masuda. Its inclusion in his work prompts an awakening of the senses through layers of vivid color and soft textures. While initially simulating the real, faux fur has developed into something uniquely its own, incorporating colors and patterns that do not exist in the materials it began by mimicking. It is now accepted as something separate from its initial intention and has become real in its own right. As use of fake fur has slowly spread throughout the world, like the birth of a new culture, it is hard to determine where the old ends and the new begins. Masuda searched throughout Asia to select the best fake furs for wearable artwork that was designed in his Tokyo studio and then journeyed to New York. Having been inspired by a conversation with Special Special’s Director Wen-You Cai, about making artwork more accessible to the public, Sebastian was motivated to release these wearable pieces of art into the world, and to continue to spread the Kawaii Culture. Join us on September 7th from 6:30–8:30pm at Special Special for the opening reception of Fur East Far Tokyo. Special Special’s collaboration with Sebastian Masuda features shirts and bags designed by the artist, as well as a workshop where the public is invited to participate in creating new editions of featured products, utilizing fake fur selected by the artist. #sebastianmasuda #specialspecial #specialspecialnewyork #specialspecialedition
Put on your best kawaii or Harajuku fashion and come out to support Sebastian Masuda on Friday!
For those of you who may be concerned, the artist would like to stress that the material he uses in this exhibition is in fact fake fur. During Labor Day weekend he issued the following statement:
Fake fur. A material often used in Sebastian Masuda’s work.
As soon as the fake fur with vivid colors such as pink and blue is applied, the work becomes enmeshed with an unusual feeling which lends itself to an awakening of the senses, which is further complemented by its soft texture.
The birth of an artificial fur, created to replace real fur.
Nowadays people feel uncomfortable wearing real fur, thus fake fur has become the norm.
Born as fake, but before anyone realized what was happening, it became accepted as the real thing.
The use of fake fur has slowly branched out throughout the world, and like the birth of a new culture, it is hard to determine where the old one ends and the new one begins.
Sebastian searched throughout Asia to select the best fake furs for wearable artwork that was designed in a Tokyo studio and then ultimately journeyed to New York.
Having been inspired by a conversation with Special Special’s Cai Wen-You about making artwork more accessible to the public, Sebastian was motivated to release these wearable pieces of art out into the world.
Fur East Far Tokyo is a celebration of the future of those people and things currently being addressed as
– Sebastian Masuda
September 3, 2018