This post is not about “street art” in the usual sense to which the website is devoted, but rather to a specific example of performance art by Japanese artist Ken Hamazaki, which can be seen in the video below. The piece is called “Red Tea Ceremony” and the artist performed it at the opening to his solo show of paintings at Kumukumu Gallery, on Rivington Street, in the Lower East Side of New York City.

Hamazaki is an Osaka-based artist who is well-known for his extreme use of the color red as a visual theme in a lot of his artwork. The Red Tea Ceremony is an aesthetic twist on a totemic Japanese tradition of preparing and serving macha, a kind of frothy green tea.

The exhibition of Hamazaki paintings are on show at Kumukumu from now through August 2, 2009.