- A Nice Set /Published by IdN Hong Kong


A Nice Set is the companion book to a touringart exhibit of the same name. Published by IdN, the book contains detailed images of the custom designed turntable slip mats that comprised A Nice Set, as well as information and interviews with each of the participating artists, who include Ian Wright, Genevieve Gauckler, Marc Atlan, Jeremy Hollister, and Universal Everything just to name a few. A Nice Set also contains talks with DJs and musicians such as A-Trak, Bobbitito, Jamie Lidell, Danny Krivit, Loop Professor and more.

The limited edition book comes in an imprinted hardcover box, and a bonus pull out poster featuring each of the slip mats in the show. The book can be purchased at A Nice Set tour stops, through the IdN Proshop, and will be available at fine book sellers worldwide in Spring 2007. A Nice Set was co-written by myself and friend/collaborator Joy Merrifield.

Excerpt (artist bio/slipmat write up):

"Kenn Sakurai: Placing pop culture on a pedestal and then promptly tearing it down, the work of Kenn Sakurai, aka ESM, is proof that one needn’t hide behind pretense when you’ve got talent to spare. Lowbrow subject matter is skewered and satirized with clever results in Sakurai’s silk screened prints and street art, which has drawn comparisons to the man who started it all, Warhol. Previous cases in point include “Hello Kissy,” in which the painted love children of the men from Kiss and Hello Kitty find a home on a set of stickers created for Paris’ Colette, and “10 Car Hits,” a book of prints he created with frequent collaborator Dave O’Regan in which he emphasizes the cultural import of Tony Danza’s rusty Who’s the Boss? van, among other famous TV vehicles. Since graduating from Vancouver’s Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1999, the Canadian artist has designed prints, postcards, pillows, stickers, skate decks, and t-shirts that have shown in galleries and sold all over the world. Like much of his work, his pieces for this collection give text and images equal face time. One of his signature devil images—also seen on the streets of Tokyo—sits over top stencil-cut text derived from musical genres, while he stays true to his penchant for pop cultural references with a pixilated homage to everyone’s favorite Gen-X shoplifter, Winona Ryder."