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Han Hoogerbrugge

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Birthplace
The Netherlands

Birth year
1963

Lives in
Rotterdam

Works in
Rotterdam

Website

Statement

Han Hoogerbrugge is an artist, illustrator, and animator whose work spans diverse media. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of internet art and has become known for the animations he has posted regularly on the net since the end of the 1990s. His work explores the contemporary human condition through a figure which is both self-portait and alter-ego, a man in a characteristic black-and-white suit which regularly features in his minimal, monochromatic web-based animations such as the Modern Living/Neurotica series (1998-2001), the interactive flash shorts Nails (2002-2007) and the absurdist online comic
Prostress 2.0 (2008 - present) where one can bear witness to regular chitchat by the likes of David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino and other of Hoogerbrugge‘s favourite celebrity characters. Hoogerbrugge began his career as a visual artist after studying at the Rotterdam Academy of Art (presently called the Willem de Kooning Academy) and created his first comic strip (based on his life as an artist) in 1996 for his personal website Modern Living, further developing his animations as the technology of the net evolved. Hoogerbrugge presents an existentialist view of life at the dawn of the twenty first century and his work deals with timeless concerns and issues such as ageing, fear, sex, death, religion, and alienation. In his short succinct video animations seemingly ordinary moments and male thoughts life turn into a bizarre theatre of the absurd. His solipsistic character is often engaged in obsessive-compulsive repetitive actions which range from the absurd and ironic to the darkly comical the humorous and the pathetic.

Apart from his video animations and his work as a visual artist, also published: ‘Loss of facial features’ (1998) for the site of VPRO (dutch broadcasting company); the interactive music clip ‘Flow’ (2001), in collaboration with musician Gil Kay from Japan published on the site of NPS (dutch broadcasting company); ‘SPIN’ (2002) for Sony; the video ‘Landslide’ for the Flemish band Dead Man Ray (2002); ‘Hotel’ (2004-2006) for Submarinechannel; the videos ‘You’ve got to’, ‘Wake up Make up’, ‘Your Music is Killing me’, ‘MasHitUp’, ‘Sugar Candy for the British band The Young Punx (2007-2009); the video ‘Love etc.’ For the Pet Shop Boys (2009). In 2008 Hoogerbrugge started the comic Prostress and La Grande Fête at www.prostress.com. He received ‘de Chabot prijs’ a Dutch award for all his work (2008). He published the book MODERN LIVING –The Graphic Univers of Han Hoogerbrugge (2008) (BIS Publishers/ Submarine Channel-The Netherlands), and Prostress#1 a comicbook (2010) (BIS Publishers, The Netherlands), followed by Prostress#2 in 2011. In 2011 he created N.uissance/O.verlast a short animation for Pathe cinema. He developend in collaboration with Sander van der Vegte the game FLX.

Portrait of Han Hoogerbrugge © L.P. Eisenstadt

Exhibitions:

Centraal Museum Utrecht, The Netherlands; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Design Museum Londen, UK; Tent Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Ars Electronica Lintz, UK; Ciberart festival Bilbao, Spain; Eslite Vision Gallery Taipei, Taiwan; American Museum of the moving image New York, USA; MU Eindhoven, The Netherland; Castello Svevo di Bari Trani, Italy; galerie Espace Avendre Nice, France; galerie Base Alpha Antwerp, Belgium; galerie Le Cabinet, Paris, France; MOCA Taipei, Taiwan; Sala ParpalloValencia, Spain; CBK, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; l’Unique /Caen, France; Media pole, Seoul, Korea; 54th Venice Bienale, Danish Pavilion; Fondazione Claudio Buziol/Palazzo Mangilli-Valmarana Venice, TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Commissioned work:

De Volkskrant; Vrij Nederland; Bright; de Groene Amsterdammer; VPRO tv; Bitmagic; TBWA Poland;  Adfo Web; The One; Female Music France; NPS; Entertaining Company; Sony; Mitsubishi; TROS tv; Quote Magazine; Diesel; MTV; Meltin'Pot; Motorola; ING private banking; Unilever; Comcast, Kuyichi; Miller Beer; Motorola; MB tech Hybride; TBWA Paris.

hoogerbrugge.com

prostress.com

hoteloscartangoecholima.com

galery Base-Alpha, Antwerp, Belgium

galerie Bertrand Baraudou, Paris, France

galerie Espace AVENDRE, Nice, France

 

Han Hoogerbrugge CV

The Netherlands, °1963

Lives and works in Rotterdam

 

Education

1983-1988 Academy of Art Rotterdam (NL)

 

Solo exhibitions
2012
- TENT, Rotterdam
- DOW-JONES/QUATROSOPUS, Base-Alpha Gallery, Antwerp

2011
- RÉTROSPECTIVE l’Unique Caen (F)

2010
-LA GRANDE FÊTE#1, Sala Parpallo, Valencia (ES)
-LA GRANDE FÊTE#2, Le Cabinet, Paris (F)

2008
- PROFOOL, Base Alpha, Antwerp (B)

2007
- BLACK BONES-BLACK HOLES, Espace A VENDRE, Nice (F)

2005
- STILLS&PRINTS Donner boekhandel Rotterdam (NL)
- ZOO MU Eindhoven (NL)

 

Group exhibitions (selection)

2012
- Its_art_in_the_game  It’s Art in the Game, Hilversum  (NL)
- JOUE LE JEU, GaitéLyrique, Paris (FR)
SHUNK@PINKPOP (NL)

2011
- QUATROSOPUS Speech Matters 54th VeniceBiennaleDanishPavilion
- LA GRANDE FÊTE REAL DOLLS  performance CBK Rotterdam (NL)

2010
- POPJUGEND Galerie Maijke Husstege ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)
- LA LIGNE EspaceAvendre, Nice, (F)
- TARTE À LA CREME Le Cabinet Paris (F)
- ART ON PAPER White Hotel Brussels (B)
- VIDEODROME II Halogène Nice (F)
- DE FANTASIEFABRIEK Noord Brabants Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)

2009
- ANIMAMIX BIENNAL MOCA, Taipei (Taiwan)
- SMOLET IS BEAUTIFULL Espace A VENDRE Nice (F)
- WYSIWYG whatyou say is whatyou get Dropstuff (NL)VeniceBiennale
- NOTES ON NARRATIVES Nest Den Haag (NL)
- MET EIGEN OGEN Noord Brabants Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)

2008
- H.E.C., Le Cabinet Paris (F)
- TALENT IN BEWEGING Glaspaleis Heerlen (NL)
- WYSIWYG  Drodstuff on Tour in Holland
- BEELD OP DRIFT CBK Groningen (NL)
- ENTER THIS BODY Cultuurhuis de Bijl Zoersel (B)

2007
- INDÉPENDANT 2 Centre Pompidou Paris (F)
- READY FOR TAKE –OF Base Alpha Antwerpen (B)
- TRIENAL DE LUANDA Angola (Angola)

Music Videos

2009
- LOVE ETC. for The Pet Shop Boys (UK)
- SUGAR CANDY for The Young Punx (UK)
- READY FOR THE FIGHTfor The Young Punx (UK)

2008
- MASHitUPfor The Young Punx (UK)

2007
- You’vegottofor The Young Punx (UK)
- Make up Shake up for The Young Punx (UK)

2002
- Landslide for Dead Man Ray

 

Commissioned work

Volkskrant; VPRO; Bitmagic; TBWA Poland; Adfo Web; The One; Female Music France; NPS; Entertaining Company; Sony; Mitsubishi; TROS tv; Quote Magazine; Diesel; MTV; Meltin’Pot; Motorola; ING private banking; Unilever; Comcast, Kuyichi; Miller Beer; Motorola; MB tech Hybride; TBWA-Paris.

Recent Exhibits

Han Hoogerbrugge participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2013 Rotterdam Centraal
VIVID Gallery
 
Dec, 2009 2nd Animamix Biennial 2009 - 2010
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Taipei)
 
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