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J.P. Hol
※The work of Dutch artist J.P. Hol is currently on exhibition at Gallery éf, with additional works on display in the cafe on the first floor of the same building (above). The playful pastels of Hol's work and the cafe's warm wooden interior combine to create a nostalgic European feel--a great place to linger and have a cup of tea after the show.

Today we report on out Dutch artist J.P. Hol’s exhibition “Gay Squirrel and the Tail/Tale of the Cat on the Moon”, currently on here in Tokyo. I thought I'd share my impressions of both the gallery and the exhibition before I post TW's interview with the artist later on.

The exhibition is being held at Gallery éf, a former wholesale lumber storehouse transformed by artists into an art space in 1868. The current show makes use of both floors of the building, which is registered as a national cultural property, with an installation on the first floor and a film on the second. To reach the gallery, visitors must walk through a cafe that shares the same building and is also lavishly decorated with Hol's works, starting with the adorably crafted gay squirrels at the entrance, beckoning guests to enter and begin a journey into the fairytale land of Hol’s imaginings.

The first thing that you notice after removing your shoes and stepping into the gallery is the captivating power of Hol's other-worldly animal creations set against the tranquility of the space's rich wooden interior. Venture to the second floor, where Japanese and English versions of a film by the artist are screened alternately, and you'll discover a room transformed into a whole other world by Hol's expressive powers: it makes you realize what clichés like “time itself had been suspended” are actually trying to express.

J.P. Hol
※Different character items, handkerchiefs, and picture postcards are on display in the showcases.

J.P. Hol
※I couldn’t resist making a purchase: to the left is the DVD of the film, which, inspired by Hol's own experiences, tells the story of a gay squirrel. The adorable cover is handmade, and Hol's passion for his work really shines through. To the right is a 3D postcard showing the film's main characters, the squirrel and the tailless cat. Move the card and the two come together for a romantic!

The exhibition at Gallery éf in Asakusa will run through Sunday, November 8, so check it out. Would be a great way to spend a date!

★We will be posting an interview with J.P. Hol at a later date. Keep checking back!

J.P. Hol: “Gay Squirrel and the Tail/Tale of the Cat on the Moon”

★In Tokyo at Gallery éf
●2-19-18 Kaminari-mon, Taito-ku, Tokyo; Tel: 03-3841-0442
●Friday, October 16 to Sunday, November 8
●12 to 9 pm every day except Tuesdays (until 7 pm on the last day)|Entry: Free
●Opening reception: Thursday, October 15 from 7 to 9 pm
●Gallery homepage:

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※ Hit "MORE" below for the film's story and information on the artist

STORY: “Gay Squirrel and the Tail/Tale of the Cat on the Moon”

Chased out of the forest by his family for being gay, our hero, the squirrel, finds himself in hell. However, when the resident demons realize he’s not actually a sinner, he gets expelled from the underworld too. Ultimately, the squirrel finds himself in the city with a job and a place to live, where he sadly withdraws from the world after several ventures into the disco and other new scenes leave him disappointed. Then, one day, as he looks up at the moon, he finds a tailless cat living there and falls in love...

Johan Peter (J.P.) Hol
Johan Peter Hol (1964) was born and grew up in the Netherlands. He graduated in Mass Media (Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1990) and in Decoration at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera under Vincenzo Ferrari (Milan, Italy, 1999). He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions all over Europe and in Japan. He works and lives between Milan and Amsterdam.

Hol's work, often constructed of materials associated with childhood, such as clay, felt, paper, cardboard and in colors to match, has a playful, happy feel to it, at least on the surface. The artist employs a range of methods including drawing, paper cutouts, ceramics, installation, animation and more. Anthropomorphized animals are a recurring theme.


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