09/10/2022 - 10/12/2022
Contemporary - Painting
Atsushi Kaga - your memorabilia floats in the air
"A silenced record player, Jakuchū’s dancing, courting sparrows, the Daikon Buddha[i], widowed penguins, loads of bugs, twelve cats and some very large flowers…
The assembled ‘cast’ of foreground(ed) metaphorical objects/beings/surrogates, in Atsushi Kaga’s three large paintings that constitute his first solo show for mother’s tankstation | London, your memorabilia floats in the air, are indeed a diverse collection.
Usacchi, Kaga’s complex, iconic alter ego trickster rabbit ‘self portrait’ is at the centre of each painting, asleep and dreaming (kitten slumbering on chest) musing on the fragility of things (artist not cat), the unclear future perhaps; Usacchi loads eggs into baskets strapped to the backs of black cats… And in The last touch, tenderly reaches out to check in upon his perpetual friend, Kumacchi, as he drifts heavily towards a marijuana-induced slumber, the ghost pain finally gone from his amputated leg."
Bethnal Green 64 Three Colts Lane, E2 6GP