Mr. MR.’S MELANCHOLY WALK AROUND THE TOWN at Perrotin January 19 – March 9 th text Rafael Schacter

Mr.’s city, the city of Tokyo, the otaku neighbourhoods of Akihabara and Ikebukuro, is for him such a site. An interminable cacophony of words and images. A seductive fantasy of desire and dread. A space of street scribblings and graffiti, of conspicuous consumption and exhaustion. This is a land of the acerbically saccharine and the bitterly sweet, a land of rupture and flow, exuberance and estrangement. This is a terrain in which the cute and the terrifying, the kawaii and kowai, are as interchangeable as they are indeterminate, in which remedy and poison are always already interlinked.

Rafael Schacter

image: Mr, Untitled, 2018. Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood panel. 202 × 171 cm | 79 1/2 × 67 5/16 in. ©︎2018 Mr./Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin

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Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.