Devotion and perfectionism with a twist of Japanese pop culture describe L’outsider’s impressions of Japan, which are reflected in three different series throughout his exhibition. Compared to Western traditions Japan has always made little distinction between fine art and decorative art, therefore Japan made significant and notable contributions to the field of graphic design. The first series of L’outsider’s solo exhibition derives form the unique Japanese graphic design. Observing his visual imagery he developed a practice of graffiti that is no longer based on the deformation of the letter, but on a transposition of geometric form which inheres a elementary typographic letter base. The second series shows a studio based version of his outside project madmaxxx. The canvases expose abstract and planar compositions, complemented by wild splashes. The artist therefore used exclusively the Montana-Madmaxxx spray can, whose fat cap imitates an immense calligraphic pen. The ambition of the approach in these works is to find a new form of graffiti that contains neither a tag nor a throw up!
Finally L’outsider’s exhibition is rounded off with a more charming, light and cute series. The third series is reflecting the aesthetic fundaments of kawaii (jap. „cuteness“). An aesthetic concept that emphasizes innocence and childishness and has extended to all areas of Japanese society. Within the kawaii series the artist processes the omnipresence of this aesthetic contemporary Japanese pop culture, which is perceived as foreign and peculiar for the Western society. However, some aesthetic representatives, such as Pikachu and Hello Kitty, made it far beyond Japan’s borders.