13 February 2021, 11:00 - 13 March 2021, 18:00

Kazuhito Kawai: Like A Virgin

Steve Turner , 6830 Santa Monica Blvd

Steve Turner is pleased to present Like A Virgin, the American debut solo exhibition by Kazuhito Kawai which features new ceramic vessels. The title comes from Madonna’s hit song that came out in 1984, the year of Kawai’s birth. In 1984, things were good in Japan. However, over the subsequent thirty years, the situation has steadily declined, so much so, that Kawai’s generation is known as the “lost generation.” Bad as the situation has been, pop culture served to cover up the despair. These are the essential elements of Kawai’s work–despair, chaos, irregularity, collapse and fragility of random shapes and the masking of that despair with bright and lustrous colors. With Covid the problems in Japan have come out into the open. Depression, discrimination, anger, helplessness and loneliness are now plain to see. To find meaning, Kawai turned inward. Using clay, he has built grotesque castles from despair, coloring them with fantasy and sealing them with fire.