Kosuke Kawahara: Exotic Star
February 22 - March 30, 2024

RAINRAIN is pleased to present Exotic Star, a solo exhibition of new works by Kosuke Kawahara. Building upon the artist’s past exploration of themes related to darkness, perception, and the (de)formation of organisms, this assembly of paintings, drawings, and installation showcases the Brooklyn-based artist’s steadfast commitment to questioning modes of categorization, constructed norms, and ecological systems spanning the microscopic to the universal. Taking its name from a class of theoretical astronomical objects, this show deploys the term as a framework for understanding the cluster of works and the constellation of motifs uniting them.

Across a suite of 9 paintings, viewers encounter a spectrum of malformed appendages and distorted conduits that seemingly reference bodily passageways, cavities, and sensory organs. The background of many of these works, rendered in oil paint, acrylic, chalk, spray paint, and other additives, is slightly disorienting and hints at alternative dimensions. This perspective plays with one’s point of view and comprehension of the depicted scenes, many of which reference stages of reproduction, consumption, and decomposition. In part, Kawahara prompts us to think about how we receive, interpret, and categorize external stimuli. His works tease out how ideas of normalcy and aberration are conditioned by the environments we inhabit and travel between.

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Kosuke Kawahara
Soundless Chamber, 2023-2024
Oil color, acrylic, encaustic, spray paint, ink, chalk, gesso on sutured found fabrics
74 x 49.75 x 1.25 inches
Kosuke Kawahara
New Poison, 2023-2024
Oil color, acrylic, encaustic, spray paint, ink, gesso on synthetic fabric
31.25 x 26.25 x 1.25 inches
Kosuke Kawahara
Forever Waiting, 2018 - 2023
Oil color, encaustic, spray paint, ink, pencil, gesso on wood panel
77.75 x 62.5 x 0.75 inches
Kosuke Kawahara
Do You Remember Me?, 2022-2023
Oil, acrylic, urethane, spray paint on sutured found fabrics
31 x 23 x 1.25 inches
Kosuke Kawahara
You Dirty All The Time, 2023-2024
Oil, acrylic, urethane, spray paint, ballpoint on sutured found fabrics
25.25 x 21 x 1.25 inches
Kosuke Kawahara
They Won’t Let You Exit, 2023-2024
Oil, acrylic, spray paint, animal glue, pencil, ballpoint on paper and fabric
25 x 21 x 1.25 inches
Kosuke Kawahara
Through the Looking-Glass, and What They Found There, 2021-2024
Oil color, spray paint, gesso, ink on card board and wood panel
18 x 15 x 1 inches
Kosuke Kawahara
Visitor, 2013-2022
Oil color, encaustic, found paper on wood panel
13 x 10 x 1 inches
Kosuke Kawahara
On Hiatus, 2021-2023
Oil, ink, gesso, synthetic resin on card board and plywood
11.75 x 8 x 1 inches
Kosuke Kawahara
Dwarfs (traveling), 2024
Marker on plastic
3.125 x 2.25 inches
Kosuke Kawahara
Dwarfs (envisioning bowl), 2022-2024
Oil color, acrylic, ink, synthetic resin on cardboard
4.125 x 2.375 inches
Kosuke Kawahara
Dwarfs (swollen mantra), 2023-2024
Spray paint, acrylic, marker, synthetic resin on plastic
3.75 x 3 inches
Kosuke Kawahara
Dwarfs (vigil), 2024
Spray paint, acrylic, marker on plastic
2.5 x 4 inches
Kosuke Kawahara
Mycostupa, 2022-2024
Plastic, spray paint, acrylic, coffee ground
Dimension Variable