Live Painting by Ai Kato (ai☆madonna)
Royal/T presents a live painting performance by Japanese painter, Ai Kato, in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Tokyo Nonsense at Scion Installation L.A. The artist will paint directly on models wearing schoolgirl uniforms in addition to creating a wall mural before a live audience. Fellow performance artist DJ Ichiro Endo who will play an eclectic mix of `90s Japanese pop and techno will accompany this event.
Performing under the name ai☆madonna since 2007, Ai Kato, has amassed a cult following through her live painting performances on the streets of Akihabara-the electronics center of Tokyo and undisputed Mecca of otaku culture. The artist paints girlie, anime-inspired murals on the side of her parked van for crowds of adoring comic book and animation geeks.
Kato's paintings have been exhibited as part of group exhibitions in various galleries and at events throughout Tokyo as well as Warsaw, Poland. Her performance at Royal/T and participation in the group exhibition TOKYO NONSENSE represent the first exhibition of the artist's work in the United States. In addition to her own work, Kato regularly collaborates with her mentor, the artist Makoto Aida.
This live painting event is presented in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Tokyo Nonsense at Scion Installation LA, curated by Gabriel Ritter.
Info: Ai☆madonna: http://www.ai-madonna.com/
Royal/T is a playful blending of café, concept shop and art exhibition space. The space reflects the interior realm of fantasy that strongly influences the artists included in owner Susan Hancock's collection. Royal/T Cafe is inspired by the meido kissa (maid café) phenomena of Akihabara--Tokyo's electronic district. Recontextualizing the underground culture of Japan that celebrates cosplay (costume play) waitresses dress in maid uniforms, with a Lolita-esque touch and the cafe serves a fusion of French and Japanese cuisine with local and organic California style. The art space showcases curated exhibitions with a focus on Japanese contemporary art; and an inventive concept store emulates the collections' sophistication--a fusion of pop culture and high-end design.