PHILIP COLBERT: JOURNEY TO THE LOBSTER PLANET
Karuizawa New Art Museum
2022.11.19 - 2023.09.03
This is the first major exhibition of British artist Philip Colbert (b. 1979) in Japan.
Colbert has created a global following for his cartoon lobster persona and his masterful hyper pop aesthetic. His practice is not limited to painting and sculpture, but also includes digital works, fashion, music, furniture, and performance art. His work is defined by a playful pop style, and powerfully explores the patterns of contemporary digital culture and its relationship to a deeper art historical dialogue. Colbert's "Lobster" alter ego serves as a guide to art history. With reference to pop symbols, Colbert recycles these icons as a costume for the lobster, demonstrating art’s ability to constantly reinvent the art canon. Through the veneer of pop, colour, and humour, Colbert pushes the limits of self-representation in a society of hyper consumption, uplifting this gruelling activity beyond the self. In his NFT works and his digital space Lobsteropolis in the Metaverse, Colbert explores the re-birth of a more digital orientated era for humanity, and the defining role art plays in such times– a fascination that persists throughout his practice. This is an opportunity to see a cutting-edge and colorful exhibition that you won't find anywhere else in the world.
This online exhibition is limited to Whitestone Gallery online members.