MADSAKI (B. 1974)
signed and dated ‘madsaki 2017’ (on the reverse)
acrylic and aerosol on canvas
170 x 170 cm. (67 x 67 in.)
Painted in 2017
Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Tokyo, Japan, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW, May-June 2017.

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Lot Essay

Across this expansive canvas, MADSAKI assembles an array of rapidly scrawled marks of aerosol paint along with energetic dashed lines. This fluidity of pigment unveils the working process of MADSAKI, with every small paint decision contributed to immortalizing a moment in time. Appearing unfinished and spontaneously formed, it forged the idea of capturing an impression from a scene in everyday life. Much like the painters from impressionism such as Monet, Degas and Bonnard, it was during this art movement when the concept of keyhole viewpoint was popularized. In a similar manner, MADSAKI explores this theme further by inviting viewers to take a limpse into the intimate space of his wife as she performs her daily routine in private. Here, MADSAKI's wife is presented half-naked, clothed in kimono while reclining nonchalantly on the tatami next to a phone and a corn. Henceforth, situating viewers in an intimate space as if they are intruding her during a private moment. In response, the sitter looks away expressionlessly, with dripping stains running down from her black hollow eyes.

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