Artist Blog: Takeshi Murata

Takeshi Murata is an American digital artist. In his work, he uses computer and video animation techniques to create pieces normally based off horror films. Murata attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and has had his work featured in many creditable places, such as Smithsonian American Art Museum and also the Sundance Film Festival.

Murata’s Popeye video being played in the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

Murata’s video titled Om Rider

Melter by Takeshi Murata

Going through Murata’s various videos and animations, I kept getting a “spooky” feeling. I have never been a huge fan of horror films, so when I found out that Murata bases a lot of his work off of them, I wasn’t too thrilled. Luckily, I did find some of his work that I actually really enjoyed. The first one being the Popeye animation. Growing up, my grandpa and I would always watch Popeye whenever we got the chance. While this Popeye is a tad bit creepier looking, it just seemed more comforting to me than most of his work because it reminded me of sitting and watching Popeye with my grandpa when I was younger. I chose Om Rider to be featured in my post because, although it was really eerie and weird, I did like the animation and how well the sounds went with it. It was rather disturbing though. Finally, I added Melter mainly because I loved the way it looked. While I can’t really figure out the true concept behind it, I liked the animation and how it was done in black and white.

Artist Blog: Pipilotti Rist

Pipilotti Rist was born and raised in Switerzland. She’s a digital artist that focuses on work such as video, film, and moving imagines. Through her work, she demonstrates the feminist movement and the empowerment of women and their bodies.

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A still from one of her most famous works, “I’m Not the Girl Who Misses Much.” (1986)

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A still from her work, “Open My Glade,” which was broad casted throughout Times Square in NYC in 2000.

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A picture of her exhibit in The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas called “Pixel Forest.”

I truly think Rist’s artwork is extremely inspiring. While some of it tends to be on the “creepy” and “unsettling” side, I love the underlying theme of feminism and the empowerment of women. I also think it’s super cool that she’s featured all over the world, including having one of her pieces played throughout Times Square in NYC. I featured the first two pieces of art on my blog because they are some of my favorites, and they are her most famous pieces. I added the final one because when going through her work on her website, this was the most eye catching piece. I think the colors and the whole idea is really pretty and fascinating. I makes me want to walk through it and experience it first hand, rather than just looking at pictures of it. While a lot of Rist’s work leans toward making the viewer uneasy, I really appreciate what she creates and I liked most of her work!

Artist Blog: Jason Salavon

Jason Salavon is a digital artist that was born in Indiana, but currently based in Chicago. His artwork is featured in various museums worldwide, and his background includes working as a professor at the University of Chicago. In his work, he uses images from every life and manipulates them, usually morphing many different photos into one. This often times “unearths unexpected pattern as the relationship between the part and the whole.” Typically Salavon uses pictures that are relevant and relatable to most people.

This piece is from his series of Playboy models throughout the decades. Here, he averaged all the Playboy centerfolds from the 1990s into one image. Starting with the 1960s and ending with the 90s, this series is extremely interesting.

In another series, Salavon uses MTVs top music videos of all time. Here, he has digitalized the frames and then the frames were simplified into their average color. This piece is from the music video “Thriller.”

Finally, this is a series of pages that were in an IKEA catalog. Salavon chose 10 different images in an IKEA catalog, then left only the color and structure.

Personally, I really loved Jason Salavon’s artwork. I think it is cool that he uses items that are so normal (for example, an IKEA catalog) for his work. It isn’t something anyone would ever consider art because of the simplicity of it. I also like how most of his pieces are in a bigger series, using whatever was relevant during the time in which is was created. His artwork is very unique, and I feel like out of all the artist we have looked at, his is the one that I really understand and enjoy the most.