The three Maikos were included in Ron Terada’s 2008 exhibition, Voight–Kampf, at Catriona Jeffries gallery. More ambitious in size and subject matter, this show with its complex video installation marked a new path for Terada’s work. Voight-Kampf is based on a scene from Ridley Scott’s 1982 movie Blade Runner in which a giant advertising billboard in the midst of a dystopian city of Los Angeles in the future displays a geisha eating candy.
Ron Terada belongs to a generation of Vancouver-based artists that follows the well-known Vancouver School of photoconceptualists which includes Jeff Wall, Stan Douglas, and Ian Wallace. However, Terada’s work is also closely aligned with other conceptual practices like Bruce Nauman’s use of signs, neon lights, and text paintings.