The Intricate Art of Takaya Miou Casts a Spell at the Honolulu Museum of Art

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The Intricate Art of Takaya Miou Casts a Spell at the Honolulu Museum of Art


Goldberg, David Am, Honolulu Star - Advertiser


A moody collection of the work of Japanese manga artist Takaya Miou, now on view at the Honolulu Museum of Art, follows nicely on the heels of two recent shows, extending the mature themes and powerful imagery of "Modern Love: 20th Century Japanese Erotic Art" and the aesthetics of "Harajuku: Tokyo Street Fashion." "Visions of Gothic Angels" plunges into the deeper, darker end of manga's immensely popular and influential pool.

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"Visions of Gothic Angels: Japanese Manga by Takaya Miou"

>> Where: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.

>> When: 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 15; closed Mondays

>> Admission: $10, general; free for those age 17 and younger

>> Info.: (808) 532-8700 or honolulumuseum.org

>> Note: This exhibition presents images and adult themes that may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Those familiar with the form's conventions of outrageous spiky hair, scintillating doe eyes, giant robots and Miyazaki-style innocence may be surprised by the dark-but-lush meditations on life, death, love and murder by Miou, a self-taught philosophy school dropout. The term "gothic" is really just bait to pull the viewer into an at-times challenging experience with modern manga.

The show features the original artwork for Miou's graphic novels as well as individual illustrations and paintings. Her page designs eschew the typical rows of square frames in favor of cinematographic collages of viewpoints that present story, action and dialog as a single unit. Working parallel to the radical, borderline-abstract composition strategies of manga artists like Yasuhiro Nightow ("Trigun") and Hiroyuki Takei ("Shaman King"), Miou demonstrates her mastery of an ultra-dense contemporary style and a use of white space and blocks of black to arrest a reader's attention.

Pages from "Ribs of the Sky: Cooper's Bad Boys" (an adaptation of writer Dennis Cooper's challenging, violent fiction) feature isolated panels floating over a blurred urban skyline, bold geometric arrangements of erotic close-ups, and an eviscerated murder victim that resembles a blooming orchid. …

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