CLEAR EDITION & GALLERY is proud to announce the upcoming solo exhibition by Japanese artist, MADSAKI titled “WANNABIE’S COLLECTION”.
Through his solo exhibition in 2015 “WANNABIE’S”, the artist played a role of a “wannabe” artist who had the idea of making a name in the art world by copying already famous art works. This year the same wannabe artist created his own top-class art work collection.
All the pieces included in this exhibition are copies / re-makes of key museum works, or are works that were in the center of art-gossip. Following the steps of his precursors who appropriated mass produced images into their art, MADSAKI also has been ironically implying the image of the “art world” this past year.
This exhibition also portrays the artists complex feeling towards collectors who are the top players in this industry, with respect, fear and envy. Here you will feel a sense of sorrow of MADSAKI who re-painted the works he love, works he will probably never be able to purchase and titling the exhibition as a “collection”. Through his rough copies which can not even be called a counterfeit, the artists questions the contradiction of originality, and shows a subtle resistance towards the cinematic situation of record prices making the headline news.
Questions which always rise on incidents of his show, MADSAKI once again confronts us with the questions “Can this be called contemporary art? Or is it just simply a prank?”, “Is this beautiful?” or “Is this original?” juddering our stereotype thoughts on art. Although works from the same series has made its museum debut in ““Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection―From Shohaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer― “ MADSAKI’s 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.