Robin Dostoyevsky

Robin Dostoyevsky, 2019
Limited Edition: 6 + 2 AP
Porcelain, platinum handpainted
Size: 28 x 28 cm, 44 cm h

Superhero comics, whose protagonists such as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are important in many of his works, are a major source of imagery for Andy Hope 1930. Hope interweaves them with motifs from mythology, history and art history, Westerns, and science fiction to create a new depiction that plays on the multidimensional nature of the characters.
In the imaginative figure of Robin Dostoyevsky, Hope merges two personalities that initially seem incompatible: on the one hand Robin, Batman's sidekick and central hero of the comic series, sometimes also referred to as his "secret" gay boyfriend. On the other hand is the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky, whose novels mainly appeared as serial stories corresponding to the comic.
As in the comic, graphic elements such as the belt buckle with the initials RD and the black sun with horns (a recurring signature of the artist) as an emblem on the chest are given an important, distinct position in the design, but so are minutely elaborated details such as the hairstyle, mask, and shoes. Painted with platinum from head to toe, the figure and its materiality are immediately called into question again: "The combination of porcelain and platinum reflects the hybrid nature of the figure. The metallic surface contradicts the fine materiality of the porcelain to a certain extent," says Hope. "This adds to the ambivalence of the character."

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