Prolific fashion photographer Nick Knight is constantly re-defining and discussing pop culture in his work, never has this been more true than in ‘Text Talk’, an editorial created for Garage Magazine in 2012. With styling by Katy England and modelling by Lindsey Wixon Nick Knight combines the recognisable imagery of texting and uses them in a way that is reminiscint of Roy Lichtenstein’s work to create a modern take on pop culture.
Makoto Aida’s name is unavoidable when researching work that opposes consumption in Japanese culture. Aswel as being featured in “Bye Bye Kitty: Between Heaven and Hell in contemporary Japanes art” he is a key figure in the Japanese art scene, and his name appears everywhere.
This is an Interview with Makoto Aida from the Bye Bye Kitty exhibition
It’s interesting that Makoto Aida considers himself as a “Conceptual Artist” rather than a painter, his work does cross over multiple platforms.
When asked about his depiction of young girls he says…
“I believe there is an abundance of problematic points in the current generation of Japanese society and Japanese mentality”
“In a simpler manner there is one reason; after Japan lost the war Japanese people became people who were left without fatherly and patriarchal existences. This includes the fact that the Japanese Self-Defence Forces are not a proper army… I believe that there haven’t been many incidents in history where a nation has been in such denial of masculinity and become so feminine. Wether for better or worse, maybe if the whole world were Japan it would be in peace”
“I want to further expose Japans twisted parts”
“I would like people to know there are many active artists out there other than just Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara.”
I want to look more into Makoto Aida’s photographs, although he isn’t as well known for them as his paintings, they intrigue me and a I want to know more.
Left photo, “Body Painting with Koe in Stockholm” 2004
Right photo, “Girls Don’t Cry” 2004
“Aida eschews irony to delve into the underbelly of his country’s booming culture industry; he exposes the edges where the fabric unravels to reveal something else — not quite an alternative, but a glimpse of something unsettling, reminding us that all is not well below the shiny happy surface.” – http://beautifuldecay.com/2009/03/25/makoto-aida/ March 25, 2009 by Fei
There is a documentaru about Makoto Aida in which he is followed around. It’s called….
Makoto Aida: Cynic in the Playground
This is the trailer, I will be ordering the DVD soon and writing up a review.