© Kenichi Miyazawa

Although part of contemporary artist duo magma since 2008, Kenichi Miyazawa doesn’t shy away from solo projects and endeavours. Miyazawa’s creativity is deeply rooted in his  youth and family upbringing as both his father and grandfather were fond of carpentry and DIY tools, and simply conveyed their passion, always making things and objects. As an artist, Miyazawa does the very same, but rather makes pieces in which he reworks found objects and existing film footage. He has developed a penchant for scavenging secondhand shops and browsing websites to collect junk objects and images whose origins are no longer identifiable. Currently on at Calm & Punk Gallery, a venue known to host quirky and cool art shows, is Miyazawa’s newest show.

Entitled Choco Mint Condition, the show presents a new body of work, comprising of 20 pieces, including three-dimensional works as well as paintings and two-dimensional collages. Mind you, it’s also the first event to showcase his collab with toy maker loop, presenting a limited run of 30 specially-coloured PVC figurines. The term ‘mint-condition’  is included in the exhibition title and signals its usage in the world of vintage items to describe a state of preservation in which an object is as good as new or unopened. In these works Miyazawa reconstructs objects by re-coding their pasts and moods, letting them revive as refreshingly new beings (on through Jul 7). Location: Calm & Punk Gallery, 1-15-15 Nishi Azabu (Nishi Azabu).

© Kenichi Miyazawa