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Hajime Sorayama’s Robo-Saurs Run Wild in Shibuya

Hajime Sorayama continues to push in new directions with a new show at the Nanazuka and Nanazuka 2G galleries in the Shibuya area of Tokyo. While there may be little chance that you’re in the neighborhood, given the world pandemic currently happening, we don’t even know whether this exhibition (March 14-April 12) is open or will stay that way (the opening reception on March 13 had to be scrapped).

Sorayama: TREX

But on a happier note: TREX! That’s the show at Nanazuka 2G, and it features one of Sorayama’s newer fascinations — giant metal dinosaurs of all kinds. There’s a T-rex, a couple raptors, a horny triceratops, a good ol’ stegasaurus, and more. The show also includes some sculptures based on Sorayama’s mecha-saurs — which recently became a motif of Dior high fashion. You may recall that last time we checked with Sorayama he was installing a 40-foot sexy robot for a Dior 2019 men’s collection show.

Photos from Hajime Sorayama’s TREX show courtesy Nanazuka.

Hajime Sorayama. Photo by Shigeru Tanaka. Courtesy of NANZUKA
Hajime Sorayama, Courtesy of NANZUKA
Hajime Sorayama, Courtesy of NANZUKA
Hajime Sorayama, Courtesy of NANZUKA
Hajime Sorayama, Courtesy of NANZUKA
Hajime Sorayama TREX installation at NANZUKA. Photo courtesy NANAZUKA.
Hajime Sorayama TREX installation at NANZUKA. Photo courtesy NANAZUKA.
Hajime Sorayama TREX installation at NANZUKA. Photo courtesy NANAZUKA.

Sorayama’s Heavy Metal History

Sorayama is one of a handful of artists to have a Heavy Metal front cover and back cover on his resume — November 1980 nd August 1981, respectively:

Hajime Sorayama on the cover of Heavy Metal, November 1980
Hajime Sorayama on the cover of Heavy Metal, November 1980
Hajime Sorayama on the back cover of Heavy Metal, August 1981
Hajime Sorayama on the back cover of Heavy Metal, August 1981

Sorayama: SexMatter

There’s a totally separate Sorayama exhibition at Nanazuka, this one’s called SexMatter, and it features Sorayama’s iconic sexy robots at larger-than-life size as well as paintings of boy robots and girl robots in flagrante delicto. Here are some shots of the interior of that show — the guy in the Sorayama-patterned shirt is the artist himself.

Images of the paintings provided by Nanazuka, and photos of the installation courtesy the @nanazukaunderground and @hajimesorayamaofficial Instagram pages.

Hajime Sorayama’s ‘SexMatter’ exhibit at NANAZUKA. Source: Instagram
Hajime Sorayama’s ‘SexMatter’ exhibit at NANAZUKA. Source: Instagram
Hajime Sorayama’s ‘SexMatter’ exhibit at NANAZUKA. Source: Instagram
Hajime Sorayama’s ‘SexMatter’ exhibit at NANAZUKA. Source: Instagram
Hajime Sorayama, Photo by Shigeru Tanaka. Courtesy of NANZUKA
Hajime Sorayama, Photo by Shigeru Tanaka. Courtesy of NANZUKA

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