POP-UP: The ARPSIANIST by the Arpsianism (cut-ups)
Vernissage Friday 9 August 19h00
with a performance by Dominique Manu
The first POP UP brings Arpsianism around with: The ARPSIANIST.
Arpsianism is an art movement collaboratively founded and perpetuated by HOK’s artist-in-residence Lula Valletta and Mr. Pelham. During the exhibition the newspaper will be launched.
Arpsianism salutes Georg Kolbe.
Arpsianism is concerned with blobs.
Arpsianism is Dada Riso.
Continuing where the hobbyhorses left off.
Foldability is a must.
Arpsianism carries the colors of Anarchism, De Stijl and the Nazi’s, which happen to be the same.
Criss-cross: swap meanings.
Making the best of leftovers.
Arpsianism is layer upon layer of missionary printing.
POP-UP: Schnittserie, Antonym of a collection by Leonor Faber-Jonker (collage)
Vernissage Friday 30 August 19h00
with a performance by Vlada Predelina
The second POP-UP brings us Leonor Faber-Jonker with her Schnittserie collages. These are dissections of an inherited collection made up of sparsely clad starlets – De Lach’s main attraction. The collection’s ring binders are carrousels of bare legs, bare backs, bare feet, dreamy looks and seductive smiles. Turn the pictures around and a commercial for ‘Plasto-Sein’ seduces its female readers to ‘develop’, ‘improve’ or ‘diminish’ their busts. It’s up to the artist to try and imagine what made the collector scour these magazines for pictures of pretty ladies. Was she herself glamorous? Bored? Vain? Obsessive? Artistic minded?
The collages of Leonor Faber-Jonker are a physical rendering of the layers of meaning of such objects as well as an exploration of the constraints and possibilities of de- and reconstructing existing image material: serendipity follows sacrilege.
RōNIN: A SAMURAI AND HIS LEICA (photography)
Vernissage Friday 20 September 19h00
Tattoos and lavish ladies will grace HOK gallery’s walls, when photographer Rōnin is our guide through the
Japanese underground, not meaning the metro. Rōnin’s black-and-white photographs of gangsterhood and
eroticism in Tokyo’s Asakusa district give a razor-sharp insider’s impression of the fringes of Japanese society.
This exposition in HOK is an exclusive preview to the large double exhibition of Rōnin’s photo project Asakusa, early next year in Ibasho gallery in Antwerp and Zen Photo gallery in Tokyo.