A Look Inside Hajime Sorayama's "Sex Matter" and "T-Rex" Exhibitions

On view at NANZUKA and its “2G” studio now.

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Acclaimed Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama has brought concurrent shows to NANZUKA’s main gallery space and “2G” studio at Shibuya Parco. His erotic portrayals of feminine robots continue to challenge social taboos, while his cyborg dinosaurs reflect the artist’s focus on individual movement and detailed form. Together, “Sex Matter” and “T-Rex” showcase Sorayama’s highly detailed and realistic style, which subverts traditional ideas of robots.

“Sex Matter” includes large-scale sculptures of feminine robots in sensuous forms along with a selection of 10 paintings that depict robots in intimate encounters, centered around the theme of the post-human body in relation to sex. With their lustrous sheen and curvaceous forms, the robots take on a life of their own.

Meanwhile, “T-Rex” features five new cast sculptures of a Tyrannosaurus rex alongside dinosaur robot paintings. The sculptures reference Sorayama’s 12-foot-tall aluminum T-Rex sculpture, part of the project called “SORAYAMA Space Park by AMKK,” located at Bangkok’s Central Embassy.

Go inside “Sex Matter” and “T-Rex” in the installation views above. Both exhibitions will run until April 12.

In other news, James Jarvis unveiled a new series of graffiti collages that signal a new approach by the celebrated British artist.

NANZUKA Gallery
Shibuya Ibis bldg. #B1F
2-17-3 Shibuya Shibuya-ku
150-0002 Tokyo

“2G” Studio
Shibuya PARCO
15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, 2/F
Tokyo 150-8377, Japan

 

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____________________________________ Hajime Sorayama SEX MATTER March 14 – April 12, 2020 NANZUKA (Shibuya 2-17-3) Nanzuka is pleased to present two concurrent solo exhibitions featuring new works by artist Hajime Sorayama (1947-): “Sex Matter” at Nanzuka’s main gallery space, and “Trex” at Nanzuka 2G (Shibuya Parco). In his solo exhibition “Sex Matter” at Nanzuka, Sorayama took on the challenge to create robot works inspired through such aforementioned themes surrounding sex. While at first glance appearing like a peculiar scheme, it is through these works that Sorayama explicitly emphasizes the fact that life is born in this world through the existence of both the male and female sex. They can also be considered to suggest new issues of concern for the future that lies beyond themes such as physical remodeling, the post-human body, and AI. This exhibition features a selection of approximately 10 new paintings alongside new human-scale sculptural works. ____________________________________ #hajimesorayama #空山基 #sexmatter #loveandsex #arthistorynerd #contemporaryart #exhibition #painting #sculpture #nanzuka

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