In 2022, I decided to move my base to Tokyo and work. The theme of this exhibition, which is the first step in that direction, is memory.
“From the paintings I drew while I was away from music activities, the corona crisis, and the time I spent in Tokyo, I can definitely see the scenes at that time. I want this exhibition to be the culmination of three years of changes in my environment and feelings.”
Maeda says that painting can connect with society and also keep a distance. The finished work is a kind of knitting that can only be understood by continuing to move your hands until it becomes something like a shape. A pattern of crossed threads of various memories and emotions appears.
“When I look at the pictures I drew in spring, it reminds me of the scenery and scent of the blooming flowers. I can’t put into words the things that remind me of landscapes, photos, smells, and sounds, but I think I have to remember them. It's not that I want to go back to that time, but I don't want to forget the feelings I had at that time, such as what I was thinking."
A bee perched on a flower, a praying mantis standing in a rocky mountain, a towering building in a desert area, etc., can be instantly zoomed in and out to cut in abstract paintings. In Maeda's work, which has a multi-layered screen composition, we can see the influence of the manga that he was familiar with as a child and the installations of photographers such as Tillmans.