A Hilarious and Perplexing Show By Murray Whyte

"At "YYZ Mall," which celebrates its grand opening this Friday, a particular kind of logic rules, maybe best exemplified by the money exchange run by Ken Ogawa at his specialized boutique, 156 Ehohe.

Besides running a single-hole mini-golf course and selling perfume – a bargain at $5 a vial, if you're fond of smelling like a cinnamon bun – Ogawa runs a money exchange. You can buy 4.7 Ehohe dollars, which he makes himself, for the rounder figure of $5 (Canadian). You can then use his dollars to shop the mall and, on your way out, return Ehohe dollars for your own profit and his loss.

It may seem a curious way to run a business, but in the context of art, where self-diminishing economics are more often the rule than the exception, the Ehohe exchange starts to bend to a sadly familiar logic."

Full article: https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2009/09/08/a_hilarious_and_perplexing_show.html
Putting a Price on Creativity By Amanda Happé

"The store of Ken Ogawa, the determinedly enigmatic 156 Ehohe, resembles more a physical incarnation of the artist's train of thought than a tightly conceived retail model. His collection of seemingly disconnected elements—such as a wall of swords (that aren't for sale, but "for protection only" according to Ogawa), a jumble of Christmas lights, and a display of the artist's own brand of perfume—is intent on keeping you guessing about the intended experience.

For a dollar, you can try your luck at the mini-golf hole constructed in this space. If you get a hole-in-one, you win a prize. You can also take advantage of the currency exchange to trade in your Canadian money for Ehohes. During the opening week, 4.7 Ehohe was going for $10.20 Canadian, but the artist assured that it changes weekly. The Ehohe bills, decorated with national credos and depictions of important civic figures, strive to create a mystery and mythology for this imagined place.

We asked Ogawa about his inspiration for the shop, and he replied that "it was more about childhood memories. Making some smelly stuff is one memory," in reference to his surprisingly pleasant perfume. A selection of memories as the organizing principle makes the near-randomness make sense, but it still doesn't make for a cohesive experience. You are left with the overall feeling of being kept at bay—the artist invites you in and lets you browse, but ultimately offers you only a puzzle."

Full article: https://torontoist.com/2009/09/putting_a_price_on_creativity/
Why Ken Ogawa Rules By Clara Venice
"The best thing about collaborating with Ken is that he always interprets my ideas in ways I would never imagine. I am obsessed with cute things, as is Ken; but his representation of cuteness always comes with an edge which ensure that the visuals he creates are never sickly the way North American "cuteness" can appear childish. Ken's designs are instead "child-like" and sweet, but always retain that element of darkness or the threat of fear lurking somewhere close, like the monster in our closet."
Full article: https://kazookazoo.ca/why-ken-ogawa-rules/
Hot Young Blood By Thomas Hirschmann
"Ken Ogawa has re-purposed various off-the-shelf items to make some sort of weird torture device. When you pull at the shackles, a commercial hairdryer emits light, sound and the smell of tea. It's a bit off-putting to look at, but quite fun."
Full article: https://nowtoronto.com/art-and-books/art/hot-young-blood
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