Opening reception: Wednesday 7 December, 6pm-8pm
MAMOTH presents Kaito Itsuki’s first European and London solo exhibition.
Kaito Itsuki pairs bold coloration with elastic narratives in which humans, animals, and imagined creatures metamorphosize and come to terms with identification. Itsuki came of age in Sapporo, Hokkaido during the turn of the 21st century, when the expanded possibilities of the world wide web allowed for the overwhelming influx of visual materials. Her referential database is informed by nonhierarchical images insofar as she wasn’t in proximity to much fine art growing up. The emergent mythologies that Itsuki formulates are reflexive prompts for the viewer to contend with social and psychological structures. Individual peculiarities are weighed against cultural mores in an effort to expand the self beyond the bounds of an implicit order. Itsuki achieves this outcome by utilizing both cute and austere imagery, tracking the semiotics of her forms and pursuing the potential within unlikely combinations.
KAITO Itsuki is a 2022 recipient of a KUMA Foundation Grant. She lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.
KAITO Itsuki, Equilibrium (Belts to ODer bag), 2022. Oil and charcoal on canvas. 180×160cm. Courtesy of the artist and the gallery.