We went to the opening of the Kozyndan “Tales of the Bunnyfish” show at Magic Pony last Thursday. Kozyndan are the L.A.-based, husband and wife duo Dan and Kozue Kitchens. They are best known for illustrating The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights” single, but they work in both the commercial and fine art worlds. Not only is the installation at Magic Pony a fantastic example of two artists working as one, but also how cute can transcend kitsch. For example, at the opening Magic Pony served Bunnyfish-shaped sugar cookies. As delicious as they were, more than one will end up framed and hanging on a wall.
The show tells the story of the aquarabbit. Schools of wooden merhare swim happily along the gallery’s east wall. Along the way they have magical adventures: they travel downstream and become part of a waterfall then fly through a snowy, elk-filled wood, dressed in scarves to keep them warm. Sometimes a singular crocheted Bunnyfish turns up in photographs, popping up out of cleavage. Along the way, the work references everything from ukiyo-e prints to Richard Kern. The prints and gouche paintings are so packed with detail that you could still discover stories in them after days of looking. This lends the show its strong narrative. Like Harry Potter or Max in Where the Wild Things Are, you want to follow the Bunnyfish in all of their escapades. The exhibition is on until July 29.
Photo courtesy Magic Pony.