HOBO SAPIENS


is pleased to present

HOBO SAPIENS

an exhibition by
 NAYOUNGIM AND GREGORY MAASS 


OPENING
21st of October 2016, from 7 to 10 pm



"...The installations and drawings by Gregory Maass and Nayoungim documented consist mostly of widening gaps between the constituent parts. They form a seismic zone, riddled with ravines and fissures, eminently unstable cityscapes of found objects, catchy remarks, dumb puns, cartoons, gleefully deliberate ugliness, blunt parody. To the untrained eye, there is very little to keep the whole shebang from falling in over your head, leaving only rubbish. But the installations give the appearance of knowing that you've seen as many bad television shows as they have, and as many commercials, and as many films, and you know that they know, and they know that you know that they know. And they appear to know, and secretly build on a good deal of, say, Neo-Dada and Fluxus and Pop Art, and they have zapped from Concept to Minimal and back, and all that has taught them to keep their formlessness apart from their meaninglessness, making sure that the chasm between the dumb and the ugly is widening, that the real is only suggested, and that your curiosity is getting involved. Perhaps you have been through a moment, as a child in school, when you gave up drawing because cartoons always looked more convincing than anything you yourself could draw. Perhaps you have been to parties where people would tell you the plot of films and television programmes they had seen the other day, instead of telling from their own experience. This art seems to be willing to talk about such moments. ..." (Dr. Sytze Steenstra excerpt of "Conceptional Cartoons in Suggestion City") and 
"...Entering a room with works by Nayoungim & Gregory Maass —be it in an individual show or a group exhibition—conveys not only the impression of a heated climate of production, but also the sense of a search for how to proceed from work to work. In the comprehending act of beholding these works, a vague trace can be followed without all too much encouragement: it seems as if new antipodes are constantly being invented and added to what was just seen. One of the most important here could be the antipode between the autonomous sculpture and the readymade, or between “can do” or “would like to do,” when industrially made found pieces are placed alongside difficult to learn traditional pottery techniques, so that it sometimes seems as the two artists are working with a faux-surrealist variant of the culture of quotation. As historical definitions of surrealism speak of the “accidental encounter” of visual components from contradictory categories and the freedom-as-arbitrariness asserted in this impersonal formulation, with its exploration and authorization of a supposedly underlying unconscious, one finds oneself asking in the case of N&GM as well to what next higher level their syncretism might refer. ..."(Excerpt from "it all, indefinite article" by Clemens Krümmel)


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With the support of


Residents of Hopstraat 63, and DRUUM Contemporary Bed & Breakfast / druum.be

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