Makoto Aida "I'm Mizuma's Iwaki!!"
This event has ended.
Mizuma Gallery is holding an exhibition by Makoto Aida starting September 3rd. This is Aida's first solo exhibition in Japan in three years.
After participating in the 2006 Singapore Biennale, Aida was the subject of a joint exhibition, together with Akira Yamaguchi, at the Ueno Mori Art Museum in May 2007. Along these larger scale projects, Aida has also recently been involved in publishing, serial collaborations with magazines, film posters and illustrations for novels, as well as taking his activities as far afield as Beijing, London, Berlin and New York at group exhibitions and other events.
Tackling a wide range of expressive media and subjects, Aida has given audiences much to chew on in terms of divergent interpretations on his work, establishing a unique position for his practice that resists categorization. However, even in the midst of this whirl of activity, Aida has consistently sought a stance that tackles current and topical actualities and problems with remarkable engagement.
Aida has recently labelled himself "Mizuma's Iwaki", a reference to a baseball player of the same name in Shinji Mizushima's manga work "Dokaben". Iwaki was a risky player and a showoff who nonetheless managed to pull stunning off-field homeruns.
Two months before the exhibition was to be held, Aida had not yet formed a concrete plan for the show. Would this dire state of affairs be transformed into an Iwaki-style off-field homerun? Already 42 years old, and despite being a mainstay artist of the gallery, Aida continues to have the uncertainty and instability of a newcomer. No doubt Aida will give us something new for this exhibition.
[Image: "Moco Moco" (2008), acrylic on canvas, 72.7x60.6cm]
From 2008-09-03 To 2008-10-04
Mizuma Art Gallery is holding Makoto Aida's first solo exhibition in three years.