Dressed in a padded pink bunny suit studded with hearts and with little plastic hearts stuck to his cheeks, a young man wears a seductive smile and casts his bedroom eyes at us. He is right at home on Tokyo’s streets where—as photographers Moe Sekiya and Yuka Takeda abundantly make us aware in their color photos—kitsch is king. Western fashionistas take heed—insouciance is a bore, get with the program and be excruciatingly cute. Yet nobody does it better than Asian-American performance artist Susan Lee-Chun embodying warrior girl in her ruffly plaid tunic and helmet as she struts away with her nose in the air from her plaid-clad baby-doll victim whom she has just decked with her cheerleader’s baton. Postmodernists endlessly talk about play; the new Asian hipsters abandon themselves to it without a trace of shame. (Michael Weinstein)
Through April 25 at C33 Gallery of Columbia College, 33 E. Congress.