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EVER

BORIS HOPPEK

APR 21, 2010 – JUL 12, 2010

CONCEPT

DIESEL DENIM GALLERY AOYAMA is presenting the first solo exhibition of Boris Hoppek in Japan, “Ever”.

In his exhibition Ever, at Diesel Denim Gallery in Tokyo, Boris Hoppek takes aim at Western cliches
concerning Japanese culture. The theme isn’t new for him ? prejudices are a personal favourite ? but in Ever, it will play out in a whole new way.

LV For Ever: “The Japanese are obsessed with kinky sex.”
For the exhibition, Hoppek will create the third edition of his now cult magazine La Vagina ? an artistic take on a dirty little porn mag, the kind that change hands under shop counters.

Sushi For Ever: “The Japanese eat sushi all the time. And they are obsessed with kinky sex.”
The centrepiece of the exhibition is a series of photos and paintings of women lying on a bed of rice ? female sushi. Food and eroticism intertwine: this is not just about eating habits, but also evokes Nyotaimori and bondage.

Shunga For Ever: “In fact, the Japanese have been obsessed with kinky sex for hundreds of years.”
Shunga has been a major influence on Hoppek’s art, and he will take this opportunity to pay tribute to the old (Japanese) masters with a series of paintings that mix the ancient art form with his trademark style.

BIOGRAPHY

  • Boris Hoppek

    www.borishoppek.de

    Boris Hoppek was born in 1970 in Kreuztal, a little village in Germany.
    Hoppek’s artistic career started 20 years ago with a wall and a spray can. But while his artistic roots lie in graffiti, his work today is as multifaceted as his message is unsettling. He works with anything from large-scale installations to tiny drawings, takes photos, makes videos and has even created a magazine. At first glance, his works look innocent, even cute. Well, look again. Hoppek tells radical tales of racism, violence, sex and misogyny and confronts his audience with their own prejudices, frequently pushing them out of their comfort zone. Don’t expect the cuddly to be lovable.
    Hoppek has shown his work in streets and galleries all over the world. Only in 2009, he had three solo exhibitions ? in Barcelona, Hamburg and Paris ? and participated in several group shows, amongst them the True Self exhibition at the Jonathan LeVine gallery in NYC, curated by Gary Baseman, and the Apocalypse Wow! show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, where he was also invited to create a site-specific work. Hoppek’s trademark are his characters, drawn with few but strong lines. They (and he) were the face of the 2009 edition of Pictoplasma, the renowned character design festival in Berlin. On the basis of his Bimbo dolls, he was asked to create another series of dolls, the C’Mons, for a Europe-wide advertising campaign for the Opel Corsa car, which has been running from 2006 until today.
    Boris Hoppek has published three books of his work, and has been included in numerous books on street and neo-pop art. His work has also been featured in a multitude of magazines and newspapers, including the current editions of IdN, Elephant and Nico.

VIEW WORKS

Title
Ever
Artist
Boris Hoppek
Date
Apr 21, 2010 – Jul 12, 2010
Venue
DIESEL DENIM GALLERY AOYAMA 2F
Curator
Kimiko Mitani Woo / MW Company
Curator
Kimiko Mitani Woo / MW Company
Independent Art Curator / Art Producer.
After a career at Wieden + Kennedy Tokyo as an account executive of Nike, Kimiko Mitani Woo follows her dreams working with “Asian art and design”. Having worked on a few art projects such as Akasaka Art Flower 08, the artist management for Nam June Paik Art Center Opening, she established MW Company in February 2009 and started working in art producing in Tokyo and Shanghai. The main role of the company is to expose young and upcoming artists who represent a unique and non-traditional perspective of the world. By doing so, MW Company provides and encourages opportunities and development of the East Asian art scene.
The previous projects are: the curation for DIESEL DENIM GALLERY AOYAMA 2009 and GYRE ART WINDOW, guest curation of JENKINS at CCC in Shizuoka, PR for CREAM YOKOHAMA International Festival for Arts and Media 2009. Currently, she has been preparing for upcoming Shanghai project.

INSTALLATION IMAGES

Photo : KEN KATO

Photo : KEN KATO

Photo : KEN KATO

Photo : KEN KATO

Photo : KEN KATO

Photo : KEN KATO

Photo : KEN KATO

Photo : KEN KATO

Photo : KEN KATO

Photo : KEN KATO

Photo : KEN KATO