Week 10 Notes: Lecture 19
Week 10 Notes: Lecture 19 ARH 209
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ARH209 History ofJapanese Art Lecture 19 December 3 2015 The Aesthetics of Otaku Murakami Takashi and Super Flat Showa and Heisei Periods Murakami Takashi 1962 Born 1986 Graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts former Tokyo School of Fine Arts 2001 Super Flat exhibit in Los Angeles 2002 Nurie Coloring Book in Paris 2005 Little Boy name of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima exhibit in New York Executive manager of his company Kaikai Kiki Co Ltd quotstrange or macabre originally called Hiropon Factory reference to Andy Warhol ncorporated elements from manga and anime 2011 Eastern Japan Earthquake 311 dramatically changed his work largest man made disaster in Japan in generations devastated the entire nation Otaku Subculture 0taku literally house or you describes social awkwardness and a stereotypical adult male with some kind of nerdy obsession games manga anime internet etc and often socially unaccepted sexual orientations like pedophilia or attraction to fantasy characters 1980 Young male manga and anime fans started using the term 1983 Otaku no kenkyu The Study of Otaku by Nakamori Akio 198889 Miyazaki Tsutomu murder case investigation focused on his quototaku den Murakami Takashi was the first person to openly refer to otaku media and incorporate it into his own works quotJapan is the neutered spoiled son of the U Ota ku subculture is the social deformation emerged from this environment Mura kami is referring to the political relationship between US General McArthur and the Showa Emperor and quotArticle 9 of the Japanese Constitution renunciation of war and the national military Super Flat ncorporates ideas from sliding door paintings edoperiod ukiyoe woodblock prints mitate visual pun nihonga quotJapanese painting and current Japanese pop culturesubculture Fusion of high and lowart Miss K0 K0 Contemporary Exam Slides pg 2 Early Murakami Takashi work French maid dress originating from the Maid Caf otakuoriented role playing caf in Japan unrealistic womanly body proportions with the facial features of a young girl typical representation of an otaku character Museum piece considered to be highart Giveaway Toys Included in 350Yen Sweets Murakami s reproduction of Miss KoKo as a toy Cheap enough to be purchased by the average person Considered lowart quotEye Need You Bag Contemporary Exam Slides pg 3 Murakami s design was put on massproduced Louis Vuitton accessories still very expensive objects to purchase but more accessible to the public than museum pieces Comparable to how the quotWriting box with ris and Bridge Motif was a reproduction of the original quotIrisesquot paintings to be distributed to the public Considered lowart Eye Love Superflat Painting of the design used on the quotEye Need You bags Museum piece considered highart Superflat Monogram Video ad for Murakami s Louis Vuitton bags Uses many reoccurring Murakami characters including a little girl as the main character even though the ad is geared towards adults Video Murakami Ego Interview Taks about Murakami s use of assistants to work on his pieces similar to the collaboration that happens during the woodblock printing process Building Contemporary Exam Slides pg 4 By Aoshima Chiho who typically features a young woman and fantasy creatures in her works she had no formal art training but learned how to use Adobe programs through herjob originally a digital artist but she has moved towards print productions Was featured in the Super Flat gallery show next to an early nihonga painting Features a high school age girl in a compromised pose wearing western clothing and illustrated in an anime style comparable to Murakami works Circle Post 2011 Murakami combined his smileyface motifs with skulls and a large circle skulls and circle represent the bombing of Hiroshima Murakami Ego Post 2011 Exhibition located in Qatar 40 years after the JapanIndia alliance and in commemoration of India s generous donation after the 311 earthquake Welcome to Murakami Post 2011 Performance piece where Murakami sat in a Buddha pose on top of a balloon covered in his smiley face and skull motifs Suggests that his ego is comparable to the Buddha and could be punctured Five Hundred Arhats Contemporary Exam Slides pg 5 Murakami piece representing Zen Buddhist arhats and referencing East Asian painting Tongarikun with Heaven s Gate Contemporary Exam Slides pg 6 Figure is in a Buddha pose similar to the standing Buddhas in previous lectures Photos of these pieces have been posted in the Exam Slides on Canvas