Recently, Tomopop received an invitation from Mr Clement to see his newest exhibition in London, which he has named "Hide and Seek." His works have graced the pages of Tomopop before with his Petit Lapin character but Mr Clement himself is a little different from the other designer vinyl and custom makers we post in that he identifies himself as an artist and, in his own words, "not a toy designer."
As I was in the neighbourhood, I thought I would check out the exhibition on its opening evening. Probably not the best choice of visitor as I must admit to not really being familiar with his works and, as a kid, I HATED art class!! All that stuff about expressing yourself and finding the "deeper meaning" to artworks just made my head hurt. Why must we dig into stuff so deeply? Superficial can be good too! But that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate a good piece of work.
So what did the exhibition have in store for someone like me, who doesn't like to over-analyze and is happy to take things at face value? Hit the jump to find out!
The event is being held at the Pyrus shop near Carnaby Street in Central London. It's actually a boutique with the basement area being used to host the exhibition.
After descending down the stairs, the wall tells you that you have reached the correct place. For those who want to check out the exhibition, it also tells you when the exhibition takes place. You have until January 20 to get yourselves there.
And underneath the stairs is the first piece of art for the exhibition!
This work is called "Astrolapin, big brother(s) and Petit Dozy Tony." Astrolapin and the big brothers are all standing around Petit Dozy Tony, which is one of Mr Clement's newer works.
Despite being a rather basic design, one can't help but appreciate the workmanship which went into making this piece. Anyone else feel like this is one of those stereotypical Sci-fi scenes when aliens all gather around the abducted creature (usually the main character) and look at him in a slightly curious tone?
And sitting in the middle of the main exhibition room sits the full sized "Dozy Tony!" It pretty much commands your attention seeing as its location makes him hard to ignore!
This is pretty much my expression every weekday morning. Except the drool, probably...
There were more works surrounding "Dozy Tony." This one was called "A letter of ex-." One can assume that the bird trapped under the window is carrying said letter.
This piece was called "page 8/issue 296/grazia." Umm, well that's all I have to say on that one!
Hidden in the corner of the room was this sculpture which went by the name of (I kid you not) "shit! father! Shit! Son!"Well, at least they weren't coloured brown!
This was the only "painting" at the exhibition and is called "Chemical Organic Bird."I had a chance to have a quick chat with Mr Clement at the start of the exhibition and he said that this was his favourite piece on display due to it being very different from what he normally does. And I have to agree with that last bit. It really was very different from everything else on display. It looked rougher, even when compared to his comic strip works.
The next 4 images all make a single work and is called "Marry me (Vol 1)."
Need I say more?
This was one of the more popular works on display and is called "Petit Lapin of Petit Lapin." I think part of the charm is that you don't really need to think too much about it yet it's pretty witty! A rabbit within Lapin!
Next up is probably my favourite piece in the exhibition, although I can't explain why. It's called "Isabella Kim." Maybe it's because it's the Christmas season and my memories of Christmas when I was younger (and actually cared about it) were of lots of high street shoppers carrying loads of bags filled with Christmas presents. Nowadays, it's all about internet shopping and (most importantly) I'm doing the gift buying rather than the receiving. Bah!!
There were some more works on display away from the main room. This one is "Petit Lapin with a Broken Heart." I think the lighting was used to better effect here. I don't think it would have looked the same if it was on display in a brightly lit room like most of the others.
The last work on display was called "Au Revoir mon Petit Lapin." It's probably best not to think too much about this particular piece.
Just take it at face value, whatever that may be!
All the works on display were on sale but had pricetags beyond mere mortals like myself. However, there were some more affordable works which were available as well.
There were some Petit Lapins and mini Dozy Tony sculptures for sale as well as some books of sketches from Mr Clement for fans who wanted something, but couldn't take home one of the bigger works. Sadly, these smaller works were only available on the opening evening.
And that concludes the mini tour of the exhibition from Tomopop. If you like his works, I do urge you to go and see them for yourself. The exhibition will be held at the basement Gallery underneath Pyrus Boutique until January 20, 2011.
As for myself, I'm still left out in the cold with regards to art. Guess I'll never really "get" it! still, it was an interesting evening. Perhaps those more artistically inclined or simply bigger fans of Mr Clement will get far more out of it than I did but in this case, there's a little something for everyone.