“Kunstraum Richard Sorge” presents a large exhibition of Brooklyn-based Japanese artist Hiroki Otsuka’s paintings and murals, titled “Everything to More”.
Hiroki, a well-known erotic Manga artist for more than 12 years, cooperates on Jeremy Wade’s Manga-inspired Berlin theater production “there is no end to more,” which will later be presented at the NY Japan Society. 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 paintings, Otsuka makes an elegant transition from erotic Manga to disturbing 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.
Hiroki Otsuka has worked for the Takashi Murakami studio in NY 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 a solo show at the Pittsburgh University Art Gallery. Next year, his work will be presented in a group show at the Warhol Museum.
About the artspace: 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” – paintings & 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, special facade projections.