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LITTLETOPIA - Hiroshi Mori Solo Exhibition
February 25 (Sat) - March 11 (Sat) of 2017
closed on Monday ,February 27, March 6
15: 00 - 20: 00 the last day until 18: 00

Reception: February 25 (Saturday) from 5:30 PM
Collector's Talk from 6:00 pm
Cast: Iijima Motoharu (Art collector)
Mr. I (art collector)
Hiroshi Mori
Moderator: Taisuke Morishita (Art Lab TOKYO)

Support; Kinosho-kikaku

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STATEMENT
Hiroshi Mori

Though I would consider most of my recent works parodies, they are also an elaboration of the simulation art and appropriation art of the 80s. Therefore, I would not say the work is particularly Avant-garde from the artistic point of view. The sampling and grouping of existing images is an essential step in the process of creating it and I think the most fun and meaningful part of the work is the chemistry it arouses in the viewer, whether it is sympathy or antipathy.

My current works are mainly focused on the mixing of animation and classic paintings. My take on the two revolves around the gap between the coterie culture of Japanese animation and manga, and the absolute authority that coils around Japan's traditional art and classic religious paintings. By combining images from these two worlds, both the professionals from the circle of Fine Arts and people familiar with animation and manga can look at my paintings and hopefully understand the mischievous sense of humor I try to convey.

So where is the originality in my work? I also constantly ask myself this question. Since the images I use are samplings and references, I would say the originality of my work comes from the concepts, techniques and materials employed. The intentional mocking of classical images with the use of modern techniques is rather experimental. For example, to transform the prestigious religious paintings created by the traditional technique of Tempera into manga - like characters or even super alloy robots can sometimes bring about a strong sense of awkwardness to the overall image. But somehow, I find this sense of awkwardness extremely interesting. It is this sometimes frivolous awkwardness that for me, expresses what I consider original.

I am not trying be a professional animator or a cartoon artist and I am not interested in becoming a master at realistic painting. Maybe what I want is to become someone who stands in a grey zone, who is able to make fun of people from on both sides, like adding thick eyebrows to politician's posters which we used to do in school when I was young.

One of the challenging things about simulation art are the copyright issues. In my opinion the recreation or parody created upon an image, must also pay respect to its original source. As parody, it's central for me to maintain a common visual familiarity while inserting irony and a rebellious spirit into it. So I transform the image, yet I still keep it recognizable. Constantly recording my thoughts and questioning my own works is an opportunity to rethink my current position. Such practice of self - confrontation is also a core part of being a professional artist.



HIROSHI MORI
1977 Born in Tokyo, Japan

Education
2013 M.F.A - Oil painting ,Tokyo University of the Arts.
2000 Fine Arts Department of the School of Humanities and Culture, Tokai University.

Solo Exhibitions
2016 "Reanimation - Hiroshi Mori Solo Exhibition" Akutsu Gallery, Gunma, Japan.
2016 "LA ART SHOW 2016" Los Angeles Convention center, Los Angeles, CA, United States of America.
2015 "LA ART SHOW 2015" Los Angeles Convention center, Los Angeles, CA, United States of America.
2014 "Oh My Goodness! - Hiroshi Mori Solo Exhibition" Kinosho Kikaku, Tokyo, Japan.
2013 "Glimmering Light - Hiroshi Mori Solo Exhibition" Art Experience Gallery, Hong Kong, China.
2012 "Art Revolution Taipei 2012" Taipei World Trade Center Hall 2, Taipei, Taiwan.
2011 "Hiroshi Mori Solo Exhibition" Shonandai MY Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2010 "Hiroshi Mori Solo Exhibition" Kinosho Kikaku, Tokyo, Japan.
Group Exhibitions
2016 "The Nature of Jungles" William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, Thousand Oaks, CA, United States of America.
2016 "Contemporary Art Show W" Akutsu Gallery, Gunma, Japan.
2016 "LIONCEAUX RENAISSANCE 2016" MITSUKOSHI - Nihonbashi, Art gallery 6th floor, Tokyo, Japan.
2016 "POPCON ASIA 2016" Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta, Indonesia.
2016 "SPRING SHOW" Gallery Tsubaki, Tokyo, Japan.
2016 "Akiyama Collection" Akutsu Gallery, Gunma, Japan.
2016 "Group Show" MITSUKOSHI - Nihonbashi, Art gallery 6th floor, Tokyo, Japan.
2016 "Group Show" Nagai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2015 "Mr.I Collection" Tomioka municipal museum of fine arts, Gunma, Japan.
2015 "Evolution" Kinosho Kikaku, Tokyo, Japan.
2015 "Neo Mythology" bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, United States of America.
2015 "TERRADA ART AWARD 2015 WINNWES'EXHIBITION" Warehouse TERRADA T-Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2015 "Beautiful Dream" Butchart International Contemporary Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan.
2015 "Group Show" Leslie Jean Porter Gallery, Palm Springs, CA, United States of America.
2014 "Shell Art Award Artist Sellection 2014" The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan.
2014 "Reborn" Kinosho Kikaku, Tokyo, Japan.
2014 "10th World Painting Award Winner Exhibition" Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
2014 "Yamamoto Fuyuhiko Collection" Nikkei headquarters, Tokyo, Japan.
2014 "To see / To paint - Oil Painting Technique and Material Laboratory", Tokyo University Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
2014 "Mr.I Collection" Akutsu Gallery, Gunma, Japan.
2013 "SHIBUYA STYLE vol.7" SEIBU SHIBUYA HallB 8F Art Gallery Alternative space, Tokyo, Japan.
2013 "Contemporary Art Show V" Akutsu Gallery, Gunma, Japan.
2013 "INTRO" The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
2013 "Portrait Jam : Humans, We are" Akibatamabi21, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.
2013 "18th Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program" Mitsubishi Corporation Building, Tokyo, Japan.
2013 "61th Tokyo University of the Arts Graduation Works Exhibition" Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan.
2013 "Mr.I & Mr.W Collection" Akutsu Gallery, Gunma, Japan.
2012 "Double Rainbow - Group Exhibition by Hiroshi Mori & Louise Lee" Art Experience Gallery, Hong Kong, China.
2012 "Contemporary Art Show U" Akutsu Gallery, Gunma, Japan.
2012 "17th Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program" Mitsubishi Corporation Building, Tokyo, Japan.
2012 "TAGBOAT AWARD Winners Exhibition" AKI Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.
2012 "7th TAGBOAT AWARD" Setagaya IID Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2012 "SPRING FAIR" Gallery Tsubaki, Tokyo, Japan.
2012 "Mr.I & Mr.W Collection" Akutsu Gallery, Gunma, Japan.
2011 "SHORT+SHORT" Tokyo National University of Arts, Tokyo, Japan.
2011 "Shell Art Award 2011" Daikanyama Hill Side Forum, Tokyo, Japan.
2011 "Tripod to play" Shiramizu Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2011 "4th Article Award Winner Exhibition" Turner Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2011 "The Japan Earthquake Charity Exhibition" The Art complex Center of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
2011 "Next Art" Asahishinbun Headquarters and Matsuya Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.
2011 "Resonance Effect" Kinosho Kikaku, Tokyo, Japan.
2010 "GEISAI TAIWAN#2" Huashan Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan.
2010 "Shell Art Award 2010" Daikanyama Hill Side Forum, Tokyo, Japan.
2010 "WONDER SEEDS 2010" Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
2010 "Prologue VI" Gallery Art Point, Tokyo, Japan.
2010 "The 28th Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition" Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
2009 "Shell Art Award 2009" Daikanyama Hill Side Forum, Tokyo, Japan.

Art fairs
2017 "LA ART SHOW 2017" Los Angeles Convention center, Los Angeles, CA, United States of America.
2016 "ART TAIPEI 2016" Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1,Taipei, Taiwan.
2016 "ART FAIR TOKYO 2016" Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan.
2016 "Young Art Taipei 2016" Sheraton Taipei Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan.
2016 "LA ART SHOW 2016" Los Angeles Convention center, Los Angeles, CA, United States of America.
2015 "the art fair plus ultra 2015" Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan.
2015 "ART KAOHSIUNG 2015" THE PIER-2 ART CENTER, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
2015 "New City Art Fair" Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan.
2015 "Daegu Art Fair 2015" EXCO, Daegu, Korea.
2015 "KIAF2015 / ART SEOUL" Coex Hall A&B, Seoul, Korea.
2015 "ART FAIR ASIA FUKUOKA 2015" Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel, Fukuoka, Japan.
2015 "AHAF SEOUL 2015" CONRAD SEOUL, Seoul, Korea.
2015 "Objects of Art Santa Fe 2015" El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, NM, United States of America.
2015 "ART TAICHUNG 2015" Millennium Vee Hotel, Taichung, Taiwan.
2015 "ASYAAF 2015" Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, Korea.
2015 "ART BUSAN 2015" BEXCO Exhibition Center II, Busan, Korea.
2015 "Young Art Taipei 2015" Sheraton Taipei Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan.
2015 "Infinity Japan 2015 Contemporary Art Show" Shing Kong Mitsukoshi, Taichung, Taiwan.
2015 "AHAF HK 2015" Marco Polo Hong kong Hotel, Hong Kong, China.
2015 "LA ART SHOW 2015" Los Angeles Convention center, Los Angeles, CA, United States of America.
2014 "Bank Art Fair 2014" Singpore Pan Pacific Hotel, Singpore
2014 "ART TAIPEI 2014" Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1,Taipei, Taiwan.
2014 "AHAF SEOUL 2014" Lotte Hotel Seoul, Seoul, Korea.
2014 "Young Art Taipei 2014" Regent Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan.
2014 "Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2014" Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China.
2013 "Asia Contemporary Art Show 2013" JW Marriott Hotel,Hong Kong, China.
2013 "Hong Kong Contemporary 13" The Excelsior, Hong Kong, China.
2012 "ART TAIPEI 2012" Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1,Taipei, Taiwan.
2012 "ART OSAKA 2012" Hotel Granvia Osaka, Osaka, Japan.
2012 "Young Art Taipei 2012" Sheraton Taipei Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan.
2012 "Art Revolution Taipei 2012" Taipei World Trade Center Hall 2, Taipei, Taiwan.
2011 "KIAF/11" Coex Hall A&B, Seoul, Korea.
2011 "art:gwangju:11 (DDA: Asia New Arrival)" KDJ Convention Centre, Gwangju, Korea.
2011 "AHAF SEOUL 2011" Grand Hyatt Seoul, Seoul, Korea.
2011 "ASYAAF 2011" Hongik Museum of Art, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea.
2011 "Art Fair Kyoto 2011" Hotel Monterey,Kyoto,Japan.
2011 "Young Art Taipei 2011" Sunworld Dynasty Hotel,Taipei,Taiwan.

Awards
2015 "TERRADA ART AWARD 2015" "Excellent Prize/YAMAGUCHI Yumi Prize"
2014 "Shell Art Award Artist Sellection (SAS) 2014"
2012 "27th Holbein Scholarship recipient"
2012 "7th TAGBOAT AWARD" "Shigeo Goto Prize"
2011 "Young Art Taipei 2011" "Young Art Award 2011 Finalist"
2010 "Shell Art Award 2010" "Kunio Motoe Encouragement Prize"


Others
2013 "Tokyo Art Scramble" Promotional video aired on Q'S EYE, Q-FRONT, Tokyo, Japan.
2013 "The Works" Artist Interview aired on TV, RTHK, Hong Kong, China.