After the artist’s initial two proposals—namely Having Makoto Aida Paint a Painting to Make Me Win the VOCA Prize as the first plan and A Painting That I Had Makoto Aida Paint to Make Me Win the VOCA Prize as the second plan (in both cases the physical painting is in acrylic on canvas, measuring194 x 259 cm)—were rejected by the committee, this work hereby serves as the third plan/plane. (Now “the third meaning” by Roland Barthes must be recalled.) – Kenjin Miwa, Curator of the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo
Note: Standing for “Vision of Contemporary Art,” VOCA is an annual competition/exhibition hosted by Tokyo’s Ueno Royal Museum since 1994, showcasing only works considered two-dimensional, or “plane,” from nominated artists up to 40 years old. Prize money: JPY 3,000,000 = USD 28,000. The text is taken from a wall label that accompanied the work in the 2015 show.