KAZUHIRO HORI: I Cannot be a Magical Girl: Dorothy Circus Rome | Solo Show

19 Nov - 17 Dec 2022

The female avatar is the protagonist of Japanese painter Kazuhiro Hori's canvases. Like other great artists exhibiting at DCG, not least Ray Caesar, the artist chooses to depict himself and his experiences through the young girl.

The profound meaning of this artistic choice lies once again in the essence of the feminine. This choice intends to rewrite the iconography of the feminine so that it escapes the reductive symbolic key of the muse and simple source of sentimental inspiration. But instead, it is a re-write reality and artistic sensibility that investigates the unconscious, linked to the true nature of the feminine as a profoundbrave and authentic search for the inner self.

In Hori's 6 acrylic paintings, the element of sweetness recurs, materialised in the numerous shapes of candies and sugars that the artist recalls symbolising childhood. A childhood that changes flavour as it grows up, to the point that it now transmits its stickiness and bitterness. 

Hori's perspective on the reality of the feminine embraces adolescence from a broader perspective. In a way that bring both the girl and the boy closer to the truth about growing up and disillusionment, sowing the seeds of identification as well as an acknowledgement to raise awareness of understandingequality and the idea of freedom

Through his sophisticated and refined language, the artist unravels the stimulating new scenarios of the brand-new series pervaded by a Vanitas Pop. All around it, flowers, worn-out teddy bears and disturbing creatures are twisted, yet kept at bay by the recurring magic wand sceptred by the power of imagination, an ambivalent escape route to flee as much from reality as from illusion.