Fancy Creatures: The Art of the Wig
Tomihiro Kono, Sayaka Maruyama
Current Plans is delighted to announce the upcoming exhibition of Japanese wig artist and photographer Tomihiro Kono and Sayaka Maruyama, their first presentation in Hong Kong. Starting out by learning the skills of geisha hairstyles, Tomihiro expanded his expertise beyond the traditions of Japan, and after moving to London and New York, worked as a session hair stylist to make head props. Inspired by elements from the natural world, like underwater creatures and insects and plants, he incorporates the weird, quirky and uncanny into his vision and craft into wearable art.
Fancy Creatures is an exhibition which brings us a glimpse into their surreal world, where human, animal and plants are mingled into sculptural, wearable hair art. Consisting of fantastical installations, photographic prints and a screening room where the duo’s video projects can be viewed in a cave-like environment, Fancy Creatures brings together more than 20 wigs made from real human hair. The duo create everything from scratch, from drawings and designs, to hand-dyeing, weaving, and painting the hair into incredible creatures. They have been commissioned by some of the most avant-garde icons, from fashion house Balenciaga to experimental musicians like Bjork and Grimes.
Current Plans is delighted to have Eaton HK as cultural partner, where Kono and Maruyama accepted artists’ residencies at Eaton HK from 22 February until 1 March. From 22 February until 26 March, the walls of the Food Hall will be adorned with Sayaka Maruyama’s surreal photographs of Kono’s wigs worn by models, as curated by Eunice Tsang.