Galerie Maurits van de Laar presents at Art On Paper Brussel drawings by Dutch artist Kim Hospers (1982) from his series Esse Est Percipi #whatever. 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: photos 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’ time consuming and extremely virtuoso technique in drawing that is in stark contrast with the transitory character of the photos on social media. At Art On Paper Brussels three boxes with twelve small format drawings each will be shown, all individually numbered and presented in a row, complemented with larger format individual drawings.
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