From Cuteness to Knowingness

Hiroki Otsuka, Kinya Hanada, Hoji Tsuchiya, Kurihara Takuya & SHOXXX

30.04.2014   - 17.05.2014

During the Pictoplasma Festival, SomoS presents drawings, painting, collage, video and performance by Japanese artists Hiroki Otsuka, Kinya Hanada, Hoji Tsuchiya, Kurihara Takuya and SHOXXX. A liberated application of graphic techniques, and a fresh interpretation of themes like heritage, pop cultural characters and self-presentation characterize the artists’ work.

Opening reception: Wednesday April 30, 19:00
Feat. Performance by Puppe’n Mucke feat. Robot

Founded by RavingMadCarlos (synths & voice) and SHOXXX (melodica), the band features Japanese singer Benten (guest vocals and percussion).
The puppets are designed and manufactured by SHOXXX; the robot is programmed by Johannes Marx (Pitchtuner), costume by SHOXXX.

Participating Artists:
Hiroki Otsuka, painting
Kinya Hanada, collage, video
SHOXXX, performance, objects
Kurihara Takuya, drawings, paintings
Hoji Tsuchiya, video, objects

Exhibition Duration: April 30- May 17, 2014
Opening hours during Pictoplasma: April 30- May 4: 12:00-20:00
After that; regular hours: May 5- May 17: Tues- Sat, 14:00-18:00
Entry free!

Kinya Hanada / Mumbleboy (Japan)

Like many of his Japanese artist colleagues, Kinya Hanada (aka Mumbleboy) merges the contemporary with traditionalism. His recent collages are made in self-imposed stretches of daily productivity, and directly published online, one piece a day. They depict seemingly monumental, shrine-like iconic figures, reminiscent of Asian deities, superheroes or giant toy robots. The collages incorporate personal travel pix, pop culture photos, drawings and paper cutting. Entirely made in Photoshop, they fool the spectator with the crafty appearance of hand made collages: paper structure, relief, shadows and scissor cutting traces.

Hiroki Otsuka (NYC)

Brooklyn-based Hiroki Otsuka’s creates graphic drawings and murals at once perverse and innocent. Apart from being well-known Manga artist, Otsuka has worked for the Takashi Murakami studio and exhibited with artists like Yoko Ono and Yasunao Tone. He has executed murals for the Japan Society (NYC) and exhibited at MOCA. In his visual art, Otsuka makes an elegant transition from Manga to Fine Art, applying intriguing gender twists to his uninhibited explorations of sexuality. His works “delve into our own experiences of the carnal; whether straight, gay, trans-gendered or otherwise, these works speak to the diversity of sexuality,” Warhol Museum director and expert for Japanese Modern Art Eric C. Shiner has written. Not only the Manga, but also the Ukyo-e tradition are referred to in Otsuka’s work, as is a Warhol-like seriality and the Cosplay phenomenon.

SHOXXX (Berlin)

SHOXXX is a Berlin-based artist working in drawing, performance, sewing, print-and web design and illustration. Her fabric works can be described as wearable dolls, allowing the wearer to become an alter-ego fantasy figure. Shoxxx will show an installation of her work, and perform on the exhibition opening celebration.

Hoji Tsuchiya (Berlin)

In his art, Hoji Tsuchiya employs experimental animation and drawing.
Born in Tokyo in 1984, he began making animations in 2004. His shadowgraph animation A Married Couple’s Distress won the Animation Division Grand Prize at Cineastes Organization Osaka EX2006. His Black, long skirt animation was screened at Ottawa international animation film festival in 2011. Since 2012 the artist lives and works in Berlin.

Kurihara Takuya (Berlin)

Born in 1983 in Saitama in Japan, Kurihara began his art practice in 2005. After participating in a group show at GekiGallery in Tokyo in 2006, the artist moved to Berlin in 2007, setting up a studio at Kunsthaus Tacheles. Exhibition participations at galleries such as Galerie ZeitZone, Berlin Festee, Galleri Heike Arndt and Grimmuseum.