Tokyo-based Perrotin is currently presenting a solo exhibition by MADSAKI, “French Fries with Mayo,” on view through September 22, 2018. The show features a newly completed series of paintings.
A graduate of New York City’s Parsons School of Design (BFA, 1996), MADSAKI was born in Osaka, Japan, and raised in New Jersey, USA – experiences between two cultures that formed his aesthetics and personality. According to the official Perrotin website, “While much of MADSAKI’s work centers on his interest in art history and critiquing mass culture with references to slang, movies and manga characters, the artist has recently been exploring more personal, intimate topics. To express this visually, MADSAKI developed a signature style using spray paint as a fine art medium, stemming from the fact that he has never participated in illegal graffiti on the streets. The artist is particularly known for his Wannabe series, which at first glance humorously targets old masters, yet their deeper meaning is a recurring theme that can be found throughout MADSAKI’s artistic practice – an attempt to use laughter and humor as both distraction and therapy for his internal turmoil.”
Speaking about his craft, the artist has said, ” My text paintings are conversations between my imaginary friends and me. I am the one who is being crudely spoken to, or abused, if you will. It’s like I wish someone saved me, even though I know it is impossible. So I am both the abuser and the victim in these works. It’s my way of lessening the sin I feel living in this world.”
Since it was found in 1989, Perrotin Gallery has been dedicated to offering an increasingly vibrant and creative environment to experience artists work. The gallery has worked closely with a number of artists, some for more than 25 years, to help fulfill their ambitious dreams and projects. Perrotin participates in all the significant worldwide art fairs each year including: Art Basel (Hong Kong, Miami, Basel), Frieze (London, New York), FIAC (Paris), Dallas Art Fair, Art Cologne, Art Stage Jakarta, Expo Chicago, Art021 & West Bund Art & Design, Shanghai, Zona Maco Mexico, amongst others.
The exhibition will be on view through September 22, 2018, at Perrotin, Piramide Building, 1F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, 106-0032, Tokyo, Japan.
For details visit: https://www.perrotin.com
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
Founder: Louise Blouin