At times, Tokyoites appear to be some of the most poker-faced people on the planet. But what exactly is going on behind those apparently emotionless expressions? The art of Mikiko Kumazawa suggests maybe quite a lot.
Working in pencil on large sheets of paper, the 26-year-old graduate of Musashino Art University takes the objects, situations, scenes, and panoramas of everyday urban life as her subject matter and infuses this with a surreal, manic energy — creating wild, highly detailed drawings, like the seven works on display at a short-lived exhibition at the Setagaya Art Museum. The show, which honors the inaugural winners of the “Hisho” Setagaya Art Award, also includes the much lower-key art of twin-sister pairing Akiko and Masako Takada.