Painting 46 is entitled “dearMoon” and it serves as my open letter to Yusaku Maezawa. In case you are unfamiliar with who that is; he is the Japanese billionaire that paid to be the first civilian space traveller to embark on a voyage around the moon in 2023. He also paid for seats to take 8 artists with him, a writer, a photographer, a movie director, a musician, an artist, etc. The idea is to see how such a trip would effect their art going forward. Well, I want to put my name in the hat (helmet, if you will) to be the painter that goes along. I cannot even imagine what kind of new ideas such a trip will spark inside of me! Have mercy!
So let me tell you a little bit about Yusaku and point out a few thingz on the painting. Yusaka became a billionaire through various businesses he has owned, but mainly it was ZoZo, a custom fit clothing company that launched him to stardom (no pun intended). The dots on his upper arm eludes to the jumpsuit ZoZo uses to determine the proper fit of each customer (look up ZoZo). The 46 sticker on his leg is from mission 46, the one which astronaut John Kelly went on where he spent a year on the ISS. The small sticker on his backside is a Switch Style logo from the band Yusaku played the drums in. The robot himself is made of vacuum parts which nods to the fact that Yusaku Maezawa – MZ 前澤友作 uses the handle @yousuck2020 as one of his social media handles. There is a #dearMoon sticker on his back. On the shot glass filled with “MOON” rocket oil, there is a SpaceX logo, as they will be doing the launch and the training for this trip. In the background is an artists concept of the StarHopper space craft which is proposed to be used for this adventure. The number 46 on the letter the robot holds is there because 46 in Japanese can be pronounced as “yon roku” or “yoroshiku” which is used in slang as “my best regards”. I thought it was a good way to sign off on the letter asking to be considered for the trip around the moon.
So please… tweet this, Instagram it, share it on FaceBook, mail it too him, whatever you can do to get this painting in front of Yusaku Maezawa and let’s see if I still have “the right stuff”!