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Midnight Gengar : Meow in the Blue Shade

Jan 2021, Unique Edition
Mix media plush and plexiglass
15 × 15 × 17 7/10 in – 38 × 38 × 45 cm
The artwork is dated, numbered and signed on a metal label sticked under the artwork’s base
serie “Whimsical Plexiworlds and Pokémon Houses : Kawaii Haven”

Midnight Gengar: Meow in the Blue Shade” is an evocative and imaginative piece by Saori Nakamishi, a visionary neo-pop artist from Japan’s acclaimed Studio CrazyNoodles. This artwork, a part of her “Whimsical Plexiworlds and Pokémon Houses: Kawaii Haven” series, is a captivating fusion of whimsy and mystery, showcasing Nakamishi’s unique ability to blend pop culture elements with a distinctive artistic flair.

At the core of the artwork is an iridescent Plexiglass house, designed to catch and refract light in a way that produces mesmerizing blue reflections. These reflections evoke the enigmatic allure of a moonlit night, a canvas of deep blues and shifting shadows. The choice of blue is deliberate, symbolizing the mystery and depth of the night sky, a perfect backdrop for the central character of the piece – the Pokémon Gengar.

Gengar, known in the Pokémon universe as a mischievous and somewhat eerie character, is represented here as a plush figure. This juxtaposition of the ghostly nature of Gengar with the soft, approachable form of a plush toy creates a delightful contrast. It speaks to the heart of Nakamishi’s artistic philosophy: finding harmony in contradiction, blending the ethereal with the tangible, and bringing a playful warmth to the nocturnal coolness.

Adding a layer of whimsical charm is the kawaii sentence “meow.” This simple, yet intriguing word, often associated with cats, here takes on a new dimension. It adds an element of playful curiosity and a touch of the unexpected, as “meow” is not typically associated with a Pokémon like Gengar. This choice reflects Nakamishi’s talent for infusing her work with a sense of playfulness and surprise, encouraging viewers to look beyond the obvious and find joy in the unexpected.

“Midnight Gengar: Meow in the Blue Shade” is a story of contrasts and surprises. It is a visual tale that invites the viewer into a world where the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur, where the night is not just a time of darkness, but a realm of wonder and playful secrets. The artwork encourages a sense of exploration, urging the viewer to delve into the depths of imagination, to explore the shadows and discover the magic that lies within.

In this piece, Nakamishi showcases her mastery of combining pop culture references with high art concepts. “Midnight Gengar: Meow in the Blue Shade” stands as a testament to her ability to create a world that is both deeply familiar and wonderfully strange, a place where a simple “meow” can open doors to a universe of whimsical adventures. It is a celebration of the playful, the mysterious, and the beauty of the night, captured through the lens of Nakamishi’s vibrant and imaginative artistry.