Im in an artsy mood so here’s another art-centric post. Meet the girl who draws “diks”, and goes by the name Ly Dik (we all call her Ly “lee” for short). She is holding a huge exhibition and sale of goods with her signature “Dik” style at BEAMS T in Harajuku right now under the title “I know you”.
It’s the first time I`m talking about Ly, but she’s been out and about on the Tokyo street art scene for a number of years now. Her work even found it’s way to my fridge a number of years ago when I found a postcard covered with a parade of diks that I found to be pretty humorous so put it on display.
Let’s get something straight here first (pun haha…*ahem*)… Ly’s work is extremely taboo and in your face. Her words appear reckless, they are dirty, loud, almost like her work has Tourette’s syndrome. “I hate Dik” is her slogan, and yet her little “member” characters appear pretty happy and aloof most of the time. I wonder how different her audience would be if she painted in a place where the native language is English, and it comes off as much stronger. Personally, I think it makes her message come across that much more clear: That Ly herself hates taboos, anger and hate, so she personifies them as Diks and throws them upon her canvases in lieu of acting out.
Ly is a “monochrome” artist and she says she sees no border between black and white. I imagine it’s the same for between gender and sexuality and many other societal complexes that thrown into bins with labels tacked on them.
My favorite of her work here is the “I hate Dik potato” which is really how I feel about french fries. Haha….
There’s a lot fo different Dik goods for sale here
I honestly think that it would be awesome of Ly’s Diks got together with Sioux’s Vive Vagina for an extra special saucy hate collaboration…..
So “I know you” is on now at Harajuku BEAMS T, and it’s a collaboration between Ly and her favorite band “World’s End Girlfriend” who composed a special song just for this exhibit. It goes until Aug 26th.
原宿のBEAMSTでART SHOW”I KNOW YOU”を開催:
音楽家のworld’s end girlfriendとのコラボのショーになります。
壁画やSHOP内に小屋を建ててPAINTし、world’s end girlfriendにはLyのショーのために”KID”という曲をつくりました。CDのカヴァーのデザインはLyが描きました。Lyはむかしからworld’s end girlfriendがすきではじめての個展にも「ワールズエンド.」とつけたり彼の音楽で壁画を制作することもありましたとってもYABAIアートショーです。
Ly×world’s end girlfriend ART SHOW “I KNOW YOU”
場所：BEAMS T 原宿
TEL 03-3470-8601 / 11:00-20:00