Maurits van de Laar Art On Paper, the Brussels Contemporary Drawing Fair 2018
Solo show of Dutch artist Kim Hospers' 'Esse Est Percipi #whatever' series, depicting images form the internet of drunk, sleeping people whose faces have been painted to ridicule them. Three series of 12 small 17x14 cm drawings will be completed with larger individual works.
Maurits van de Laar
Art On Paper, the Brussels Contemporary Drawing Fair 2018
Sep 5th – 9th 2018
Kim Hospers (1982) researches the ways in which we try to hold on to our identity at a time when perception and validation are increasingly determined by the social media. Behind that a bigger question concerning the meaning and purpose of our existence lies hidden. In the series of drawings called Hail St. Claire, Kim Hospers elevated the medium of television to the level of a pseudo religion, and in Narcissistic Tendencies he depicted himself in reality TV shows or movie stills to create his own 15 minutes of fame.
Over the past year and a half, he has worked on the Esse Est Percipi #Whatever series. The title – meaning: to be is to be perceived – refers to a statement by the 18th-century philosopher George Berkeley who argued that things can only exist through the perception of human beings. For the series Hospers makes drawings of so-called pranks: photographs published on the internet of drunken, sleeping people adorned with make-up, food or objects to ridicule them. George Berkeley's statement is thus interpreted in a cynical way. Kim Hospers preceives this embarassing exposure in a positive manner though. All victims are equally ridiculous and therefore also equally valuable. Typical is Hospers’ is his time consuming and extremely virtuoso technique in drawing that is in stark contrast with the transitory character of the photos on social media.