Takashi Murakami Twisted me out of Shape.

I am not keen on abstract art that doesn’t explain itself. Art, as I once said, should result in multiple interpretations. Everyone who looks at an artistic creation should take away with him or her, something personal – sometimes, this takeaway isn’t all that personal and unique (take the example of caricature art, the kind I do,) at other times, it’s so unique that everyone has a different takeaway – even among such art, is the art that cannot be duplicated and that demonstrates unsurpassed skill. Takashi Murakami’s art is of the latter kind.

I being the unaware, uncaring, artistically-un-inclined, forever cynical artist, don’t go out looking for art that I like, but once in a while fate throws it into my face, making me feel ashamed of my cynicism. This is exactly what happened about a half hour ago, when I switched on my computer and opened my browser, which defaults to Google.

Google Doodle by Takashi Murakami.

Google Doodle by Takashi Murakami.

(Note: I’ve added a low-resolution screenshot here, because I know that this image will be gone by tomorrow.)

I looked at the First Day of the Summer “doodle” by Takashi Murakami and became curious. Then I did the next obvious thing…I did a search on him – and then I was hooked.

Even if you disregard the semen and the milk, you still are left wondering how he visualized his creations, and then when the shock of his idea wears off, he mesmerizes you with his skill. You’ve got to see this strange combination of colors, geometries, figures, ideas, and presentation methods.

I leave you with the following three links:

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4 comments on “Takashi Murakami Twisted me out of Shape.

  1. I like what you said about art and the interpretations we have of it. 🙂 I mistook Takashi Murakami for Haruki Murakami initially.

    • Haruki Murakami is a writer (something that I discovered after reading your comment.) Could they be related? I don’t think I’ll find it easy to remember that name either. About interpretations…I need to go more abstract with my work, I presume:)

    • Thanks Amy. Your comment helped me explore more. I agree that the effect is interesting, but I didn’t find it appealing 😦 I like his work from the viewpoint of skillful abstract representation, but I felt that the Versailles show reduced the value of the decor as well as his art.

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