Karin Weber Gallery is excited to announce ‘Of All Things Cute,’ a group show of three established Hong Kong artists, Chow Chun Fai, Joey Leung Ka Yin and Rosanna Li, together with Japanese artist Daisuke Teshima.
It is almost impossible for us to dislike things that are ‘cute,’ an aesthetic we are biologically designed to appreciate and enjoy. As the world around us becomes more uncertain and dangerous, many individuals seek refuge in the safe, happy spaces provided by friends that are furry, smily and unthreatening. Pokemon and Hello Kitty, originating from Japan, have millions of fans around the globe, as have Mickey Mouse, Charlie Brown and Winnie The Pooh.
Cuteness in art becomes more complex and multifaceted. Jeff Koons’ ‘Balloon Dogs’ achieve record breaking prices, as do Yoshitomo Nara’s darker portraits of children and animals. Artists employ the instant visual appeal of cute subjects as an easy entry point to a message that is often far more edgy than its medium.
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