Manga Artist Hiroki Otsuka's Solo Exhibition in Berlin
December 2009, Berlin art space "Kunstraum Richard Sorge" presents a large exhibition of Brooklyn-based Japanese artist Hiroki Otsuka's paintings and murals, titled "Everything to More".
Hiroki (a.k.a. Pirontan), a well-known erotic Manga artist for more than 13 years, currently cooperates on Jeremy Wade's Manga-inspired Berlin theater production "there is no end to more," which will be presented at the NY Japan Society later this fall. On November 28, a day after the premiere performances of the piece in Berlin, Hiroki's exhibition will be unveiled at Kunstraum Richard Sorge.
In his drawings and paintings, Otsuka makes an elegant transition from Manga to disturbing erotic fine art, applying intriguing gender twists to his uninhibited explorations of sexuality. His works "delve into our own experiences of the carnal; whether straight, gay, trans-gendered or otherwise, these works speak to the diversity of sexuality," Warhol Museum curator and expert for Japanese modern art Eric C. Shiner has written.
After spending some years in Tokyo, Otsuka moved to San Francisco, and is currently based in New York, where he has worked for the Takashi Murakami studio and exhibited with such artists as Yoko Ono and Yasunao Tone. He has recently executed large scale murals for the Japan Society (NY). Otsuka's work can currently be viewed in "Making faces : Depiction of women in Japan from Edo to Today" at the Pittsburgh University Art Gallery at the Pittsburgh University Art Gallery.
Located in a romantically crumbling Street-art-covered historic Berlin brewery, the bountiful "Kunstraum Richard Sorge" art space reaches a young, and international audience, but adventurous discerning art lovers as well.
Kunstraum Richard Sorge, Old Brewery, Landsberger Allee 54, Berlin
"Everything to More" - drawings & murals by Hiroki Otsuka
Exhibition duration: 28 Nov. - 22 Dec. 2009. We. - Sun., 13 - 19 pm. Free entry.
Opening reception: Sa. Nov. 28, 7pm 19, w. DJ, video screening, special facade projections.
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178346846531
Artspace homepage: http://www.kunstraumrichardsorge.org
Artist homepage: http://www.hirokiotsuka.com