ALMOST EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE, TWICE, THREE TIMES (IN FOUR PARTS...): Masato Takasaka
Melbourne-based artist Masato Takasaka’s sculptural practice takes the riff, reference, collage and re-working of the ready-made as a starting point, and he will for the first time, configure a new site-specific solo project for the Gertrude main gallery spaces. This project will bring together work from across his practice, comprising new and re-worked sculptural forms, where Takasaka will act as artist and curator of his accumulative and ongoing retrospective project entitled, the EVERYTHING ALWAYS ALREADY-MADE STUDIO MASATOTECTURES MUSEUM OF FOUND REFRACTIONS (1994-ongoing).
Takasaka’s practice jams together modernist abstraction with the ready-made, blending it and extending it as a comment on the art historical adage that ‘nothing is ever new’. More recently Takasaka has been looking at 1980s Japanese Shopfront design with its myriad of art historical references and diorama-like forms. As a function of this research, and central to the exhibition, is the concept that as Takasaka states, the ‘display will be on display’. Re-configuring the main gallery space and employing the materials of architectural models Takasaka’s meta-structure both supports and obscures a series of re-worked sculptures housed within it.