Date : 28 October – 17 December, 2016
Opening reception : 27 October 6-8pm
Venue : Jacob Lewis Gallery
Address : 521 West 26th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Jacob Lewis Gallery is pleased to announce its representation of Hajime Sorayama and present the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, on view October 28–December 17, 2016, with an opening reception October 27, 6-8pm.
Sorayama’s newest body of work features his signature “Sexy Robots” in the form of Hollywood starlets, retro-future pinups and pop cultural idols. In the artist’s superrealistic renderings, Kate Moss becomes a bionic Playboy bunny, Snow White’s queen a dominatrix and Elvis a laser emitting radio transmitter.
Hajime Sorayama has been a cult figure since the early 70s, and is considered a pioneer of this highly rendered airbrush aesthetic. Over the course of his prolific artistic career, he has collaborated with numerous brands, musicians and publications. He designed the first generation entertainment robot Sony AIBO and the cover art for Aerosmith’s 2001 album Just Push Play, among other commercial projects. The influence of his work extends far beyond the boundaries of Japan’s underground art scene, stretching the limits of outmoded notions of high and low art.