Misaki Kawai (born in 1978 in Osaka, Japan) splits her time between studios in New York and Osaka. Kawai combs through flea markets and 99-cent stores for cheap goods, manufactured in places like China, India and Mexico, to use in making her sculptures of space stations, airplanes and cars operated by characters representing both her immediate and imagined communities. The influence of cheap goods is also apparent in her bright palette paintings of smiling trees, strawberries and animals. Kawai has exhibited extensively at major international venues. She has had solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2007); the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (2010); the Malmö Konsthall (2011); and the Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York (2012).



Jen Stark (born 1983 in Miami, Florida) is a contemporary artist who makes elaborate sculptures out of simple materials, mainly construction paper and glue. Stark’s paper sculptures are based on replication and infinity, echoing patterns and intelligent designs found in nature. Hypnotic, mandala-like configurations emerge, and materiality is transcended in Stark’s colorful, paper constructions. Jen Stark has exhibited internationally with major shows in NYC, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, Chicago, Seattle, Thailand and Canada. Her work is included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, The Goldman Collection, the West Collection, the Microsoft Art Collection, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and the Museum of Contemporary Art Miami among others. Stark lives and works in Los Angeles.