Mizuma Art Gallery is honoured to bring to the Armory Show a solo presentation by Aida Makoto, featuring a major acrylic on canvas piece never before seen in completed state. At 17.5 meters long, "Jumble of One Hundred Flowers"’s title is a literal translation of a Japanese metaphor for flowers blooming in profusion, symbolizing the gathering together of society’s greatest figures and their many achievements. Yet these ‘flowers’ are naked girls running toward us, their bodies caught under crosshairs like targets in a shooter video game. Bursting forth from their perforated skin is not flesh and blood but strawberries, flowers, butterflies and sweets, evoking the notion of the media’s abnormal worship of youthful femininity: an idea that exerts a complex influence within Aida’s work.
Aida has described removing the ‘vivacity’ of these delicate figures: their bodies are vacant, mere data, eliciting no more empathy than zombies in a virtual reality game. They are consumed: ‘emerging from a pervasive, cultural subconscious as a kind of archetype.[…] [within] the spectacle of capitalist society.’.
New York has played a crucial role within Aida’s practice: he spent eight months here on an ACC grant in 2000, and his work strengthened its critical acclaim amongst US audiences during the Japan Society’s seminal exhibition ‘Bye Bye Kitty!!!’ (2011). Aida’s subsequent major solo exhibitions internationally to date (including at the Mori Museum, Tokyo (2012-13), drawing 500,000 visitors in four months) have preceded this momentous proposal for the Armory Show 2017. We look forward to presenting this uniquely representative work, probing subjects at the core of Aida’s methodology including war, sexuality and otaku culture, to Armory 2017’s international audiences.
 Pickard, Caroline. ‘Sorry for Being a Genius’. ARTSLANT Worldwide, 28th February 2013.
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