Joshua Liner Gallery presents From Kojiki to Modern Heroism, a group exhibition of New York-based Japanese artists Tat Ito and Hiro Kurata, opening this Saturday. Ito’s abstract explosions of neon and polka-dot smoke-structures float atop historical Japanese imagery, symbolizing the “oil on water” of the hovering Western viewpoint and the anxiety in mixing the two. Kurata’s allegorical narrative pits East and West against each other, with “destruction and strength of the baseball bat” and “stability and gentleness of the armrest chair” in a surrealistic death match, ka-pow. Social cartography via killer pictorials: It’s a double win, so don’t miss.

“From Kojiki to Modern Heroism,” Feb 13 – Mar 13, Joshua Liner Gallery, Manhattan