Preview: Lady Pink & AIKO at Ad Hoc ArtJuxtapoz // Friday, 14 Mar 2008
Aiko was born in Tokyo and currently resides in NYC. Since powerfully breaking out on the fine art scene she has exhibited in such galleries as Merry Karnowsky (LA), Lineage Gallery (Philadelphia), New Image Art Gallery (LA), Iguapop Gallery (Spain), Revelations (Tokyo), and Leonard Street Gallery (London.)
Being an immigrant from Japan, Aiko herself has been discovering Americana-type pop imagery and then re-creating it in new and innovative ways. Aiko's work walks that thin, fragile tightrope between acceptance and disdain, beauty and danger, unconsciously mirroring the day-to-day life of your average Brooklyn resident.
Aiko has a vinyl figure coming out through Kid Robot almost simultaneously with her show here at Ad Hoc Art in Brooklyn. She has also been selected to be on a panel at the Brooklyn Museum in conjunction with the upcoming © MURAKAMI Exhibition.
Lady Pink was born in Ecuador, but raised in NYC. In 1979 she started writing graffiti and soon was well known as the only female capable of competing with the boys in the graffiti subculture. Pink painted subway trains from the years 1979-1985. She is considered a cult figure in the hip-hop subculture since the release of the motion picture Wild Style in 1982, in which she had a starring role.
While still in high school she was already exhibiting paintings in art galleries, and at the age of 21 had her first solo show at the Moore College of Art. As a leading participant in the rise of graffiti-based art, Lady Pink's canvases have entered important art collections such as those of the Whitney Museum, the MET in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum and the Groningen Museum of Holland.
She has established herself in the fine arts world, and her paintings are highly prized by collectors. Lady Pink continues to mature as an artist; producing ambitious murals commissioned for businesses and creating new paintings on canvas that express her unique personal vision.
Lady Pink recently starred in a documentary film (along with Lee Quinones, Zephyr & Futura 2000) entitled Spraymasters, which recently had its world premiere at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan. She will also be taking part in an exhibition at the Bronx Museum almost simultaneously with her show here at Ad Hoc Art in Brooklyn and has a vinyl figure coming out through Kid Robot in May of 2008.