WOAW Gallery is pleased to present New Friends, the solo exhibition of New York based artist Jon Burgerman in Hong Kong. The exhibition is on view from 23 March 2022 to 20 April 2022 at 5 Sun Street Wan Chai.
Against the backdrop of an increasingly divided, divisive, and destructive world, New Friends celebrates our differences, gathering its audience under the shared joy of creativity and expression. Soft forms, shaped wood panels and an ensemble of colourful characters populate this new exhibition. Brutally applied aerosol paints drip and blend into one another, as gentle plumes of complementary colours and contrasting hues inform the rich emotional buffet on display.
Burgerman’s characters, in their seductive, oversaturated and seemingly reductive forms, belie a depth of emotion. Instead, they say, “We are here, and we belong to each other — a place is the sum of people who populate it,” resonating with the heartfelt desire to be seen as individuals yet acknowledged as part of a collective. Housed under the roof of WOAW, the characters, excited to meet their visitors, hope to forge meaningful human connections and make new friends.
About Jon Burgerman
Jon Burgerman’s instantly recognisable art has been exhibited all over the world from art fairs, galleries to museums to even the White House. His works are held in the permanent collections of institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and recently his digital work was acquired by the Upper Austrian Landes-Kultur museum in Linz.
He creates work in a wide variety of media from paint, aerosols, digital and moving image. Online his gifs have been viewed over 9bn times and he has a dedicated following across social media. He has collaborated with brands including Apple, Samsung, Pepsi, Lotte, Snapchat, Instagram and Nike. He’s made vinyl collectable toys, picture books, apparel, fabric collections, inflatables, homeware, sportswear, underwear and many other things, including NFTs. Burgerman has had eight sell-out collections on Nifty Gateway since April 2020 and continues to be a rising star in the burgeoning scene.
Expressing creativity and having fun is key to Burgerman’s practice. It's his belief that simple creative acts can allow people to change not only their world but the world around them.