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Chiho Aoshima is a CG artist who creates her unique and extraordinary world through manipulation
of Bezier curves, a feature of the computer software Illustrator. She constructs her works with such elements as bodily
fluids, reptiles, insects, and old, concrete buildings. Her works are audaciously enlarged and printed by heavy-duty
printers, not only onto papers but also onto leather and plastic surfaces, giving her works the sense of transcendence of
both art and illustration.
For several years now, the Tokyo art scene has
been trying its best to keep up with the work of Makoto Aida, a task made difficult by the fact that it is nearly impossible
to anticipate where the enigmatic artist will go next. At the ripe old age of 35, Aida has covered most of the artistic angles
with an oeuvre that includes manga, painting, video, and installation, executed with such a wide range of expressive qualities
that it is difficult to believe all could have been created by a single artist.
So while most were amused, few were surprised to discover that the entranceway for the scruffy artist’s latest show
requires visitors to climb a three-step ladder, hoist themselves through a hole in the wall and slide down a three-meter-long
"tongue" in order to get inside. Making an artful and fun entrance is what the show, "Otoko no Sake," is mostly about –
the splashy installation that cover the floors and walls of the Mizuma Gallery in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward evolved over
a period two weeks, as Aida worked with the eager assistance of 40 community college student apprentices.