I'd been meaning to get over to YSP since the announcement that Kaws was planning to have an exhibition at the venue. I've been a fan since coming across his work in the very first issue of the now defunct graffiti magazine Graphotism I bought for my birthday when I was about 16. Unfortunately due to Elaine heading back to work early I wasn't able to attend the private view event, so have been chomping at the bit ever since to get over to Wakefield and take a look.
I (as well as a few others who didn't manage to get over for the private view), felt as though I'd seen the whole show via sub-par instagram images on a constant stream over the opening weekend... But once you actually witness the works in person you forget all about that social media viewpoint, they're incredible. The sheer scale of each piece is immense, the outdoor Companions in particular sat within the rural environment perfectly. Beautiful variants of woods formed Kaws' synonymous characters which play havoc with cult cartoon characters we're used to seeing in different forms.