A contemporary art gallery NANZUKA, based in Shibuya features new and archival works from the leading international artists entitled, “Global Pop Underground” at Parco Museum in Tokyo from July 4th to 26th 2020. Taking place on a more global scale, this exhibition includes various works from both Japanese and international artists.
The Global Pop Underground is more expansion from the previous curation, Tokyo Pop Underground which was held at Jeffrey Deitch’s LA and NYC space last year but with a full roster this time with Hajime Sorayama as the main exhibitor. In order to imply statements of anti-authority, anti-uniform management, and anti-uniform justice, the artists involved in this curation has intentionally incorporated in their art works, the counter areas which are often considered as an anti-thesis to the stereotypes of “high” and “low” to illustrate the sheer diversity of present progressive art for this exhibition. Not only a veteran illustrator and artists are involved but also relatively young artist like Javier Calleja who are famous for his big eye character presents his work too.
Stacking Heads by Javier Calleja
Space Walking by Keiichi Tanaami. His Mandala-like paintings are based on his own experiences of the war
Pepsi by Katherine Barnhardt
The main exhibitor, Hajime Sorayama is a world-famous illustrator for his erotic fantasy illustrations. His “Sexy Robot” made his organic robotic forms internationally famous in 1983. He not only leads the illustration world, but also worked on a variety of projects, including the concept design for AIBO, Sony's robotic pet, DIOR and CD cover for Aerosmith's 2001 album ""Just Push Play.
Hajime Sorayama standing in front of his 7m tall “Sexy Robot”
For over 20 years, Sorayama has been working on his illustration based on robots starting with the cute dog, AIBO, Sony’s robot pet. However, over the years, he had developed a metal fetish where he felt eroticism towards metal objects, which he began the creation of his “Sexy Robot” series. Inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's “More Light!", through “Sexy Robot”, Sorayama expressed a figure that breaks the chain of normality (stereotypes) to express individuality. At night, this robot is lit up with its eye shining red. Soraya said “Some may be surprised but its my pleasure to show my collection to the public because it’s a very rare opportunity for anyone to see it out in the public” during his interview on the opening day of the exhibition.
Based on the interview to Hajime Sorayama, his two works, “Sex Matter” and “Sexy Robot_life size seating model_B” exhibited are from the previous curation but “Sex Matter” is one of his new collection. This new collection illustrates the two robots kissing which are based on Eros and Thanatos.
Hajime Sorayama in front of his latest collection, "Sex Matter"
Hajime Sorayama's works, “Sex Matter” on the far end and “Sexy Robot_life size seating model_B” in the front.
From July 11th, the art gallery will host a virtual tour online where from your home, anyone can view these artworks. Don’t forget to check the latest news of the gallery, Parco Museum Tokyo for more updates!
- PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO(パルコミュージアムトーキョー)
- 東京都渋谷区宇田川町15-1 SHIBUYA PARCO 4F