Running Oct 6 - Nov 15, 2005
Derrick Hodgson Solo Exhibition
Magic Pony is pleased to announce a very special solo exhibit and book launch with Derrick Hodgson entitled My Mania. This exhibit will showcase new mixed media works by Derrick Hodgson alongside his first publication. The exhibit and book premiere will open Thursday October 6, 2005 from 6-11pm at Magic Pony. The My Mania exhibition will run from October 6-November 15.
Derrick Hodgson is a Toronto-based artist who’s paintings and drawings are renderings of complex social spaces crowded with familiar and mutated characters. Hodgson grew up on a farm and subsequently moved to Toronto. This progression from nature to urban provided the breeding grounds for the first seeds of mania. Using aspects of cartoon, graffiti and contemporary design, Hodgson created a style and environment that quickly advanced him to the forefront of contemporary art and character design. In the past few years Hodgson has exhibited his work in Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Milan and Melbourne. In addition to this he was the first Canadian artist to be recognized by Sony Creative in Japan where his character illustrations were transformed into 3-D art figures and sold in gatcha-gatcha machines across Japan. This quick rise to success led Hodgson to be a key speaker at the Berlin Pictoplasma conference in 2004.
In My Mania Hodgson takes us deeper into his abstract world influenced by nature, growth and death. Poppers, peepers, floaters, sprouts, spores, walkers, yetis and gouls interact and float in a stew of mania. Working in mixed media, Hodgson combines drawings, silkscreens, animations and toys, giving birth to a multitude of characters that multiply and grow at an alarming speed.
The My Mania: The Art of Derrick Hodgson book expands on the exhibit by unearthing Derrick Hodgson’s creative process from sketch to screen, and how he interacts within this cycle. Artwork, photography, product design and writing are collaged together to create a blueprint for Hodgson’s world of mania.
Opening Reception and Artist Signing:
Thursday, Oct 6th from 6-11pm
Artist will be in attendance
For additional information or artwork availability, please contact us: