new work

Simon Fujiwara
June 9 – September 12, 2021

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

Exhibition view: new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

 

Photo © Jeroen Lavèn

new work

Simon Fujiwara
Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam
June 9 – September 12, 2021
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For his first solo exhibition in the Netherlands, the artist presents works from his most recent project Who the Bær. Developed during the lockdown in the spring of 2020, Fujiwara created a unique cartoon character in the form of a denim wearing bear with a golden heart and an uncontrollably long tongue, that seemingly has no gender, race, sexuality or even a clear design. Without an identity, Who exists only as an image, a status that allows them the freedom to roam a world of online images, appropriating characters, identities, aesthetics and guises in a greedy search for a ‘self’.

 

Through Who the Bær, Fujiwara explores complex topics using the reductive logic of the cartoon universe to expose the normalizing power of the capitalist image culture we inhabit. Fujiwara’s existential cartoon character oscillates between subject and symbol, being and thing and is a tool for the artist to investigate cultural anxieties around identity and its relationship to the performativity of image culture. Made with an instinctive and responsive hand, this exhibition focuses largely on collaged works that introduce us to the basic principles of his character through a meme-like, cut and paste aesthetic.

 

Housed within a fragmented, themed environment of oversize bear cut-outs, we discover the pleasures and traumas, violence and joys of life in the mediated modern world through the absurd adventures of a cartoon bear.

 

Who the Bær can also be followed via their official Instagram account, @whothebaer.

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