MASATAKA CONTEMPORARY was launched in January 2013. Our mission is to introduce and encourage emerging talents that we felt in love with. We explore artists and their work across various media that meet our two criteria; creativity and independence.
Although I’m tired of wondering when it’ll come and go again, it keeps me interested. I can’t help seeing the cycles of fashion that last forever. Young people are the most sensitive about fashion. They are regarded as the deviation because they sometimes don’t like the stereotypes and rules.If they don’t follow the fashion,they are thought uncool, but they can’t explain why they were so fascinated by such things when it begins to die out. Every single trend has its own contradictions and problems. In tracing these current fashions one by one as caricatures, the problems of the present day are highlighted to bring contemporary Japan to the surface. In addition, the use of world-renowned paintings and artifacts as the basis for the work brings up a shake up against fashionable images. One of the charms of semi-dimensional paintings is that they can create a real sense of materiality that cannot be found in paintings and can be appreciated from various perspectives. Being Japanese, I am exposed to replicas and turn to art without seeing the real thing. ( The word “replicas” in this case means that it is not easy to go see a real artwork on the spot and it is only possible to appreciate it on media such as an illustrated book. ) The use of black and white copy in the method and the act of drawing from the top also implies a critique of the current situation.
1987 Born in Fukuoka, Japan
2011 BFA, Tama Art University of Information DesignDepartment ,Arts Course
Collaboration Project Vol.3/RISE GALLERY
one piece & a whole/MASATAKA Contemporary
Art frame exhibition/Isetan Shinjuku Main Store 5F Kitchen Dining Masterpiece
Mai Takada Solo Exhibition-Stone Egg/za-koenji Gallery Asobiba
Human exhibition 2014/21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.Kanazawa
Exhibition of Chikugo painters living now/Kyushu Geibun-kan
Sniff Out 2013/ART FESTIVAL/Galerie sho contemporary art
38th JAPAN MODERN NAIVE ART SOCIETY/Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Mai Takada Solo Exhibition-Copy&Paste/art space kimura ASK?
50/50 YOKOHAMA Vol.1/FORESTudio in Hammerhead Studio in Shin-Minatoku
Sweet Room Back/Galerie Sho Contemporary Art
“Shin-Minatoku” Grand Opening Memorial Exhibition/FORESTudio in Hammerhead Studio in Shin-Minatoku
14th JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL/THE NATIONAL ART CENTER, TOKYO
Association Award-Human exhibition 2014
General Prize Candidates-38th JAPAN MODERN NAIVE ART SOCIETY
Still image category highest prize-16th Campus Genius Contest
Art Division Jury Recommended Works Selected-14thJAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL