Junko MIzunoPancakes20 x 16 in. Acrylic on Canvas 2012

VENUS CAKE

Junko Mizuno

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 16, 2012
7-10pm

Runs March 16 – April 20, 2012

Narwhal welcomes Junko Mizuno for her second Canadian exhibition Venus Cake : Junko Mizuno’s Food Obsession. As the first body of work in her Food Obsession series, Mizuno takes us through a personal, psychedelic journey through delightfully dark food fetishes from an ornate whipped cream Ouroboros to fish carved sushi schoolgirls and a sadistically delicious pancake kitchen.

With a decorative graphic sensibility that evokes both American and Japanese pop culture, Mizuno combines cuteness, gore and eroticism within an oeuvre that includes comics, painting, drawings, animation and toys. Influenced by vintage shojo manga, folktales, horror and pop art, Mizuno creates fairy tales where erotically adorable pin-ups prance naively through imagined worlds, battling and cohabiting with the dark energy that surrounds them. With realized sexuality, hunger and violence, Mizuno’s girls combat fatal relationships with desires and demons. Playing off our fascination with the cute and the macabre, strong-willed vixens flaunt their charms, and fight for their beliefs, misfit protagonists for the modern day woman.

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 16, 2012
7-10pm
Opening will be followed by a Junko Mizuno inspired Burlesque AfterParty.

Runs March 16 – April 20, 2012

About Junko Mizuno

Junko Mizuno began drawing and publishing her own manga (comics) over ten years ago in Japan. Her distinct style was immediately recognized and she began working with acclaimed magazines and music labels to produce original manga. In 1998 Mizuno’s first full-length manga, Pure Trance, was published followed by several comics based on familiar fairy tales including Hansel & Gretel, Cinderalla and Princess Mermaid. Mizuno’s sweetly titillating horrific depictions of classic tales appealed to international audiences and she soon developed an intense cult following worldwide. More recently Mizuno has chosen to focus on her fine art and has exhibited in galleries across Europe and America.

Installation

Venus CakeInstallation View

Venus Cake
Installation View

Venus CakeInstallation View

Venus Cake
Installation View

Venus CakeInstallation View

Venus Cake
Installation View

Venus CakeInstallation View

Venus Cake
Installation View

Artwork

Junko MIzunoSushi20 x 16 in. Acrylic on Canvas 2012

Junko Mizuno
Sushi

20 x 16 in. Acrylic on Canvas
2012

Junko MIzunoWhipped Cream16 x 20" Acrylic on canvas. 2012

Junko MIzuno
Whipped Cream

16 x 20″ Acrylic on canvas. 2012

Junko MIzunoOranges16 x 20 in. Acrylic on Canvas 2012

Junko MIzuno
Oranges

16 x 20 in. Acrylic on Canvas
2012

Junko MIzunoPancakes20 x 16 in. Acrylic on Canvas 2012

Junko MIzuno
Pancakes

20 x 16 in. Acrylic on Canvas
2012

Junko MizunoArtichoke16 x 20" Acrylic on canvas. 2012

Junko Mizuno
Artichoke

16 x 20″ Acrylic on canvas. 2012

Junko MIzunoArtichokes II9 x 12 in. Acrylic on Paper 2012

Junko Mizuno
Artichokes II

9 x 12 in. Acrylic on Paper
2012

Junko MizunoWhipped Cream II9 x 12 in. Acrylic on Paper. 2012

Junko Mizuno
Whipped Cream II

9 x 12 in. Acrylic on Paper. 2012

Junko MizunoSushi II9 x 12 in. Acrylic on Paper 2012

Junko Mizuno
Sushi II

9 x 12 in. Acrylic on Paper
2012

Junko MizunoOranges II9 x 12 in. Acrylic on Paper 2012

Junko Mizuno
Oranges II

9 x 12 in. Acrylic on Paper
2012

Junko MizunoPancakes II9 x 12 in. Acrylic on Paper 2012

Junko Mizuno
Pancakes II

9 x 12 in. Acrylic on Paper
2012

Junko MizunoPancakes Graphite Study12.5 x 10 in. Graphite on Paper 2012

Junko Mizuno
Pancakes Graphite Study

12.5 x 10 in. Graphite on Paper
2012

Junko MizunoSushi Sketch12.5 x 10 in. Graphite on Paper. 2012

Junko Mizuno
Sushi Sketch

12.5 x 10 in. Graphite on Paper. 2012

Junko MizunoWhipped Cream Sketch10 x12.5 in. Graphite on Paper. 2012

Junko Mizuno
Whipped Cream Sketch

10 x12.5 in. Graphite on Paper. 2012

Junko MizunoOranges Sketch10 x12.5 in. Graphite on Paper. 2012

Junko Mizuno
Oranges Sketch

10 x12.5 in. Graphite on Paper. 2012

Junko MIzunoWhipped Cream II Graphite Study10 x12.5 in. Graphite on Paper. 2012

Junko MIzuno
Whipped Cream II Graphite Study

10 x12.5 in. Graphite on Paper. 2012

Junko MizunoOranges II Sketch9 x 12 in. Graphite on Paper. 2012

Junko Mizuno
Oranges II Sketch

9 x 12 in. Graphite on Paper. 2012

Junko MizunoSushi II Graphite Study10 x 12.5in. Graphite on paper 2012

Junko Mizuno
Sushi II Graphite Study

10 x 12.5in.
Graphite on paper 2012