Mar 18, 2013

Ai-chan Bonsai - Monument for Nothing

An art exhibition of AIDA Makoto 
who is one of Japanese most talented contemporary artists, 
Monument for Nothing is held at Mori Art Museum until March 31, 2013. 

His works are apparently easy to understand, 
but behind them are a deep insight and irony 
about the Japanese society.

In Taki-no-e (滝の絵, Picture of Waterfall),
he combined an image of a waterfall
which is one of typical subjects of Japanese traditional paintings 
with images of bi-shojo (美少女, beautiful young girl) 
which can be seen everywhere in Japan.

Taki-no-e (滝の絵, Picture of Waterfall). 2007-2010.
 Acrylic on canvas. 
 (c) AIDA Makoto / Mizuma Art Gallery

Ai-chan Bonsai is a series of his objets d'art 
created in collaboration with KATO Ai

Ai-chan Bonsai 
(c) AIDA Makoto / KATO Ai / Mizuma Art Gallery

 Ai-chan Bonsai 
(c) AIDA Makoto / KATO Ai / Mizuma Art Gallery

Ai-chan Bonsai 
(c) AIDA Makoto / KATO Ai / Mizuma Art Gallery

Ai-chan Bonsai:

Girls of the same features growing from one stem
remind me of AYANAMI Rei, a cloned, expendable pilot of Evangelion.

To those who think that museums and works of art should be
educational and moralistic,
and to those who do not understand that works of art reflect
the atmosphere of the times,
his works and this exhibition must seem highly provocative.

But visiting Monument for Nothing,
I was excited nearly for the first times in a recent few years
at an art exhibition.

I felt that entertainment, caricatures,
skills and energy as an artist to realize a concept,
adaptation of traditional paintings and all
were integrated in a higher dimension in his works.

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