Mayumi Tanaka

May 5, 2011
Reception 7pm – 10pm
Performance by Spobra 9pm

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Kokoro Studio is pleased to announce “Unhealthy,” a solo show of drawings, craft, and performance by Japanese artist Mayumi Tanaka, on view through May 5 – May 26, 2011. The exhibition will commence with a special opening night performance by Tanaka’s dance and acting group, SpoBra.
Mayumi Tanaka treads a thin line of quirky cuteness. She stands at once on both sides of the cute aesthetic, embracing and undermining it in the same work. Brightly colored drawings bely insidious content; child-like costuming and game-show music contrast with the sincerity of her performances. Dualities are recurrent in Tanaks’a art, because she uses drawing and performance to attempt an honest translation of human feelings. Her newest body of work explores her own secret bad habits, with an emphasis on their reality. To Tanaka, the reality of bad habits is their duality: seductive, but unhealthy, tempting, but destructive.
The resulting drawings can take the viewer by surprise. The immediate impact of the luscious color palate and cartoonish contour lines feels carefree and naive. A closer look, however, reveals drooping faces, ghostly shadows, graying skin, and the undeniable impression that something is wrong.
Mayumi Tanaka was born in Tokyo, Japan, and lives and works in the Culver City arts district of Los Angeles. She graduated from Asagaya Art College in Tokyo. Her artwork and performance have been exhibited throughout the state of California.

“Unhealthy” will be on view at Kokoro Studio from May 5 to May 26, 2011. There will be a public opening reception on Thursday, May 5 from 7pm to 10pm. Kokoro Studio is located at 682 Geary Street in San Francisco, just a few blocks from Union Square, and is open Tuesday through Friday from 2pm to 8pm, Saturday from 12pm to 7pm, and by appointment.