These shoelaces are by Japanese artist Ken Kagami, who is also the contributor to The Thing's issue 31. Kagami is known for transforming everyday objects into perverse or inverse versions of themselves. And by everyday objects, we are really talking about the everyday things about ourselves that we usually don't expose in public, which can include but are not limited to the following: poop, genitalia, breasts and other exciting and secret body parts or excretions. Alongside this, his work often includes imagery of your favorite cartoon character, i.e. Snoopy, whose face he has artfully scrambled on these shoelaces. Each pair comes wrapped in TTQ packaging.
- KEN KAGAMI
Ken Kagami was born (1974) and presently lives and works in Tokyo. Kagami's selected past exhibitions include "Lionel Messi",Bahamas Biennale,Detroit (2016 Group Exhibition), "dog",MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo (2016 Solo exhibition), "comedie concrète", MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo (2015 Group exhibition), "Green", What Pipeline (organized by Puppies Puppies), Detroit (2015 Group exhibition), "Bronze works 2013-2014", MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo (2014 Solo exhibition), "The Future is Stupid", The Green Gallery, Milwaukee (2013), a two person exhibition together with Detroit based artist Scott Reeder, the solo exhibition "SPICY!!!" presented by Nadiff Gallery, Tokyo (2013) and "HELLOWIEN" Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna (2006). In 2015 Kagami presented a performance as part of the Live section of Frieze London; the performance drew an audience of more than 2000 visitors over the course of 4 days.