Well known for his provocative art works (phrases) this upcoming solo exhibition will house his most recent, experimental series.
Most of all the works which will be presented have been inspired (basically copied or referred to) by the so called masters of art, with famous (expensive / precious) works seen in school text books and public institutions, some even creating a dramatic craze with their unlimited prices. Works by these artists easily surpass the basic function of a“painting”, and can be even considered as a symbol of the vulturous consumerism in the art industry broadly known to the public today, with sensational headlines of record prices. As many artists appropriated images of democratic art forms and even works from other artists, MADSAKI will steal the imagery of the art industry today, and create his own auction house (this exhibition) naming it the“WANNABIE’S”, portraying an ironic view of the world through his new series of paintings.
All works shown at the“ WANNABIE’S”are genuine (made by MADSAKI) but at the same time not. They are“wannabe”originals. Following the ongoing debates since the appearance of“appropriation”, we will once more notice that there is no importance in originality, and that artworks only exist in the means of relativity, deeply effected by history, social backgrounds, mass communication etc. MADSAKI portrays this ironically through his own“auction house exhibition”with his distinct style and his tongue in cheek attitude from the streets where sampling / remixing existed as a common method from its initial stage.
With the recent news of a Picasso painting reaching the most expensive price for auction sales, if the members on this“art drama”stage are considered the ones successful, ironically most of the people related to art will have to end as“wannabes”. What MADSAKI aims to portray is not denial nor a feeling of lament towards the soaring market, but enjoying this dramatic craze. With the role of an“artist”in this circus he moves freely on stage with his distinct ironic perspective and straight forward messages. Perhaps he is giving us“wannabes”the chance to feel the masters art works by up close in his own humorous way.
Questions which always rise on incidents of his show, MADSAKI once again confronts us with the questions“Can this be con- temporary art? Or is it just simply a prank?”,“Is this beautiful?” or“Is this original?”juddering our stereotype thoughts on art. However his suggestion seems extremely simple. Daring us to act as“wannabes”to swim through the art world with freedom, enjoying it, and taking matters back into our own hands.