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.
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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