Photo by Yoshika Horita
The essence of Kaku's work lies in the fact that, by combining commonplace everyday objects like a puzzle, the original function and content of the object is displaced and a new meaning is created.
What creates this amazing situation is the high level of craftsmanship of the artisanal craftsmen of KAKU, who do not allow even the slightest compromise. This high level of skill, combined with a flexible imagination and playful spirit, makes the work unique and shows a truly diverse range of developments.
While sometimes touching on heavy themes that can be seen as the dark side of contemporary society, the analytical way of looking at them means that Kaku's creations are always bright and unique. The works are presented in a toy-like pop style at first glance, and in an everyday appearance that can be understood by men and women of all ages. As the French art critic Chernick has commented, the 'coexistence of lightness and weight' of Kaku's works 'reveals the invisible contradictions and absurdities of contemporary society', the light leaps of Kaku's works have attracted attention from abroad as the role art can play in society.
Bunpei Kado was born in 1978 in Fukui. He is one of the most promising artists of the future, having been featured in international exhibitions such as the Setouchi International Art Festival 2013 and the Okunoto International Art Festival 2017.
In 2022, he began to adopt an imaginary scientific perspective, and his solo exhibition 'Ark in the Sky' at Shibuya Hikarie showed his approach to the universe, quoting Jules Verne. In the same year, he was selected for the 'Space Symphony' exhibition at Paradise Art Space in Incheon, South Korea, and has been expanding his activities abroad. In recent years, he has been remarkably active, winning the grand prize at the 2020 Sanwacompany Art Award 2020 Art in The House2020 with a bouldering motif and the KIAF Seoul 2023 highlight award in 2023. He has also created art window displays in collaboration with international high fashion brands. (2023 Maison Hermès Ginza, Hermès Kyoto Takashimaya).