Kick me under the table

Kick me under the table, a solo exhibition by Loring Taoka, will open at Curiouser & Curiouser in Kansas City, KS, on Oct. 21 2022.

The artist explores perception, questioning how they are read and understood as a queer, Japanese-American. Taoka stated:

“My work has always been my way of processing my experiences. The territory of being a queer, person of color is a rugged mountain. Can’t not climb.

I left a Traumatic—my therapist called it “capital ‘T’ Trauma”—experience after years of being bullied, abused, and threatened. It killed my desire and ruined my sense of self. It has me questioning if I want to make art anymore. I’m sitting on the other side of this, trying to remember who I am, but I can’t make sense of it. The only way out is through, right?

I have to trust my muscle memory; go through the motions because this is what kept you grounded before, Loring. I’m fucked up and Kick me under the table is my first attempt to reconcile.” 

The exhibition will run through November 11, 2022. Please contact Curiouser & Curiouser to book an appointment.