I'm not sure how it was possible to became an even bigger fan of Audrey Kawasaki's work, but it happened this weekend. I attended Saturday's opening reception of her much anticipated show entitled Hajimari—a prelude at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in Chelsea. Not surprisingly, it looked more like a rock concert than a gallery opening. It was a mob scene.
Upon seeing the work up close, I was in awe. The detail is amazing. Any brushstrokes are barely detectable. They are even more sumptuous in person. Her subjects seem luminescent. I think it celebrates a soft femininity that has an awareness (and isn't afraid) of it's own sexual – even erotic – power. Absolutely stunning work. She also showed newer pieces – pencil drawings with paper "frames" of intricately cut paper.