Djordie Ozbolt “For Better or Worse”

Taro Nasu

poster for Djordie Ozbolt “For Better or Worse”
[Image: Djordje Ozblot, Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth, Photo by Ken Adlard]

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Djordie Ozbolt draws on a plethora of artistic cultures and traditions from around the world, from both high culture, including religion, and low culture, in order to sublimate a variety of cultural references into his works. Making use of allusions and mimicry unbound by cultural values, Ozbolt playfully subverts history, memory, and contemporary culture. With their witty expression and embodiment of the clash between Eastern and Western culture, his works are iconic of the contemporary social problems progressing alongside globalization, our increasingly multicultural society and predictions of what might lay ahead.

This solo exhibition will present three-dimensional works featuring gnomes produced in Ozbolt’s home country of Serbia, new paintings and sculptural works inspired by Japanese netsuke (miniature sculptures invented in 17th-century Japan). Serbia is a country swamped by immigration problems, but these Serbian gnomes, who experienced the demolition of Yugoslavia and have witnessed the diaspora of individuals like Ozbolt himself, will invade Japan, having begun their journey in a UK exhibition earlier this year. Meanwhile, Ozbolt has transformed the Japanese netsuke, said to be a palm-sized microcosm, into a huge sculptural work in colorful hues. The large sculpture, close to one meter in size, is part of a new series that reconstructs Japanese forms that have evolved from the Edo Period (1603-1868) to the present day. By looking at both the works featuring gnomes and the netsuke produced by Ozbolt one can get a sense of how this artist explores timelines and culture.



from 4月 08, 2017 to 5月 13, 2017

Reception For The Artist on 2017-04-08 from 18:00 to 20:00


Djordie Ozbolt



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