Andy Hope 1930 “Where Did it Come From!”

Rat Hole Gallery

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[Images: Andy Hope (1930) courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Rat Hole Gallery]

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Featuring a suite of new paintings and two 3-D sculptures, the exhibition marks the first time for the artist’s work to be shown in Japan. Andy Hope 1930, formerly known as Andreas Hofer, adopted his name in 2010, associates the year 1930 with a historic caesura, a turning point in the development of the historical avant-garde that faced onto a series of social, political and artistic crises in European modernity.

1930 is a portal that allows Hope to assume the role of a time-traveler, pursuing and projecting an alien modernity. Working across multiple media, including painting, drawing, sculpture and film, which he often arranges in innovative installations, the artist blazes a new trail through received styles, periodizations and categories. What results is a unique and complex iconography that draws on high and popular cultures, literary and aesthetic tropes, and self- and social constructions. Hope’s fictional universe moves between the debris of history, fantastic utopian ideas and new morphological projections, creating what he refers to as “a mazy infinity.”

For the exhibition at Rat Hole Gallery, Hope’s new works will expand on the representation of the future that the artist started with Vertical Horizon (La Biennale di Venezia 2017) and #believe (Lomex Gallery, New York, 2017). Enlisting motifs from constructivism, Art Nouveau, cosmic phenomena, communication technologies and the financial market, he explores the collective delusions and existential defaults of contemporary society. In Hope’s new series of abstract paintings, the profane and the metaphysical, the virtuoso and the seemingly primitive, go hand in hand.

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from March 22, 2018 to May 20, 2018
Closed on Mondays.

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Andy Hope1930

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