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Ken Kagami: Portrait Session 

Where: Level G, Ideas Platform

Portrait Session is a performance in which Japanese artist Ken Kagami attempts the complicated task of creating work that is straightforwardly funny. Viewers are actively invited to participate by sitting for a free portrait drawn by the artist, which will imaginatively consider certain discreet parts of the sitter's body (unlike the traditional artist’s model, it will not be necessary for participants to undress).

Kagami approaches art via the practice of ‘Concrete Comedy’. Inspired by both the environs of Tokyo as well as the work of Milwaukee-based artist David Robbins, Kagami takes the joke as his medium of choice, making mischievous use of everyday found objects, art historical references, contemporary display practices, Japanese popular culture and news media as his materials, all informed by his keen eye for design.