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即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai，联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市，如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城，为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥，《景观/对象WA》（2016）。橡木上固化油墨打印，左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm，中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm，右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm，图片提供：马凌画廊，上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...
Video of the exhibition French Fries with Mayo at Perrotin Paris, September 6–September 22© Nikolaï Saoulski
Perrotin is pleased to present French Fries with Mayo, a solo exhibition by Japanese artist MADSAKI. Following BADA BING, BADA BOOM at Perrotin Seoul last year, this is his first time exhibiting in Paris. The show will feature a newly completed series of paintings.
A graduate of New York City’s Parsons School of Design (BFA, 1996), MADSAKI was born in Osaka, Japan, and raised in New Jersey, USA–experiences between two cultures that formed his aesthetics and personality. While much of MADSAKI’s work centers on his interest in art history and critiquing mass culture with references to slang, movies and manga characters, the artist has recently been exploring more personal, intimate topics. To express this visually, MADSAKI developed a signature style using spray paint as a fine art medium, stemming from the fact that he has never participated in illegal graffiti on the streets. The artist is particularly known for his Wannabe series, which at first glance humorously targets old masters, yet their deeper meaning is a reoccurring theme that can be found throughout MADSAKI’s artistic practice–an attempt to use laughter and humor as both distraction and therapy for his internal turmoil.
'I was six when I moved to the United States with my parents. I spoke no English, so I drew to communicate. I grew up in a white suburb in New Jersey. It wasn’t mixed at all. I was the only non-white there. It wasn’t a problem at school, but outside, just walking around the neighborhood, people called me Pearl Harbor! This made me who I am and I believe this is the foundation of my expression today. Despite my Japanese appearance, I used to think that I was American on the inside, only to face at this very early age the fundamental gap between races. Yet I kept wondering: What are countries really, and how do they relate to cultures? I eventually went to Parsons, an art school in New York, out of a desire to understand each other beyond languages. Then I returned to Japan in 2004 at the age of 30 when my visa expired.'
'While living in New York, I had the opportunity to help create a large mural for the first time with the artists’ collective Barnstormers. I painted with either brushes or mops, but I never used spray cans. I started using them only a few years ago with my series of text paintings (Beyond Words Series) when I was already back living in Tokyo. The reason why I began to paint slang on canvas is because once again, I had hit this communication barrier, this time due to my lack of Japanese proficiency. There was nobody I could speak to in English in Japan. My text paintings are conversations between my imaginary friends and me. I am the one who is being crudely spoken to, or abused, if you will. It’s like I wish someone saved me, even though I know it is impossible. So I am both the abuser and the victim in these works. It’s my way of lessening the sin I feel living in this world.'
'As I continued to make many of these crude text paintings, beating myself up, one day I wondered: Why am I really painting? I thought about how my admiration for art history had encouraged me to escape from harsh days so far. That is how I started my Wannabe series, in which I embrace art history itself or attempt to become one with it. I rst draw the rough sketch of a masterpiece with a marker, and then I recreate it with spray paint in one go. If only for an instant, I feel possessed by an artist from the past, which gives me the illusion of acquiring freedom from this world. That moment of ecstasy lasts about two to six hours until it comes to an end. I am heavily focused while spraying, so I always drop immediately after I am done.'
'This solo exhibition in Paris means a lot to me. Mr. Perrotin enjoys my Wannabe pieces and suggested that I revisit French classic painting through this new series. So, I went ahead and picked masterpieces by great artists found in French museums, including Gauguin, Monet, Manet, Delacroix, Ingres and so on. I can usually work rather quickly, but not always. For example, Napoleon Crossing the Alps by Jacques-Louis David took a lot of freaking time! I can’t just fake it! I’ve got to really dig into each composition and put a lot of layers of colours. I use the nozzles of various spray cans to get different effects and also make my own customised caps. When the canvas is relatively small, I sometimes use both hands. I actually made The Card Players by Cézanne by spraying two cans at the same time.'
'Takashi Murakami discovered me through Instagram in 2015. I had just finished a Matisse and as soon as I posted it online, he messaged me that he liked it. There was a blue check on his profile, so this was the real dude! He told me that he wanted to buy it. The same year, he included my works in his Super at Collection exhibition at the Yokohama Museum of Art and I later joined Kaikai Kiki Gallery. He’s kept pushing me to dig deeper and explore beyond my boundaries. He’s actually the one who suggested me to paint something more personal. So I started painting portraits of my wife. She is my savior. When I’m not painting, it is only with my wife that my soul regains calmness. Other times are truly distressing. That is why I always make people laugh. I actually laugh so hard that the people around me see me as a freak.'
'I used to be a messenger in New York, and once after work, one of my dispatchers said, 'Let’s go drink mad sake tonight'! I’ve been MADSAKI from that day on. It just ts me. My signature with the drippy smiley eyes, it started out with the Wannabe series. Every time I spray the eyes and the mouth, it just drips. I found it interesting, so I kept it that way. People always ask me what it means. I’d rather have the viewers think about it. Is it crying? Is it smiling? It’s like a clown really. It’s ambivalent.'
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