The Hidden Fantasy Rooms of Japan.
Photographs by Misty Keasler. Foreword by Natsuo Kirino. Essay by Rod Slemmons.
Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2007. 156 pp., 80 color illustrations, 11x11".
Sex creates odd cultural conventions everywhere, but nowhere has an institution quite like the Japanese love hotel. To be rented by the hour for amorous liaisons, the theme rooms revealed in this provocative collection of photographs are steeped in fantasy, their elaborate décor ranging from simulated subway cars to religious bondage with much kink in between. These brash rooms are fascinating in themselves, but also present a window into a very classified aspect of this society. The foreword by best-selling author Natsuo Kirino and passages from hotel guest books lend humor and context to these 80 haunting room portraits, creating an astonishing document of sex and romance, public and private space in Japan.
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Boxed Edition with print details:
Number in Edition: 30 with 5 Artists Proofs
Print: Gulliver's Refrigerator, C-Print on 8x10 Kodak Supra Endura
Paper, Image size 7.75' x 7.75', Matted in 4-ply archival ragboard.
Signed in ink and numbered on verso with red 'honko' stamp of artist.
Casing: Custom made wood box pained pink with a pink velour cushion hand sewn with glass beads and strap. Top lid is screen printed in white and clear varnish pattern.
Book: Cased in archival Brodart clear book cover and numbered on first page in ink and emboss stamp Designed by Brian Gibb of Art Prostitute.
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