J. P. Hol "Forgotten"

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Dutch artist J.P. Hol studied mass media in the Netherlands, then moved to Milan, Italy to study decoration and begin activities as an international artist. Hol's world is full of fairy tales presented through drawings, objects, books, cutouts, animation and installations. At first glance his work is alluring, playful and cheerful, but is also disturbing. His works read like inner portraits that open up to the outside world, self reflective and intimate. The underlying theme of Hol's work is human desire. He says: "I use embalmed animals to represent humanity's desire to control and manipulate every aspect of our environment. We domesticate and dominate. This is further underlined by the use of Disney hats – literally Disney-fying the animals - molding them into our own image; humanizing them. In the meantime, humans are trapped in a paradox: wanting to be different from the rest but at the same time experiencing a deep longing to be part of a group, to be a social animal." Hol's work puts the spotlight on things forgotten by everyone but themselves: closets and attics full of abandoned toys, an embalmed animal that was killed in its prime and now standing in a shady corner.

"FORGOTTEN" is Hol's first exhibition in Tokyo, and he presents embalmed animals, cutouts, and short animation films. The venue itself, built in 1868, is a hidden old storehouse in an urban canyon. It miraculously survived a huge earthquake (1923), the Tokyo Air Raids (1945) and constant redevelopment. Hol felt his imaginary world expand when he entered the space for the first time.

Opening reception: October 18th (Thurs), 19:00-21:00
Performance: Atsuko Yoshifuku (contemporary dance)

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From 2007-10-17 To 2007-11-04

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J. P. Hol

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