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Takashi Murakami has mastered the art of Superflat landscapesµ a dimension of infinite lives and possibilities¶ The Superflat universeµ with its thrilling and sensitive peculiaritiesµ embraces layers of passion and ecstacy¶ The vibrancy of emotions transcends initial comprehensionµ proving that its thought´provoking complexity is produced by a true wizard¶ Originally inspired and influenced by the filmmaker Yoshinori Kanadaµ the aesthetic appeal of his movies Galaxy Express ··· from ±·¸· and Goodbye Galaxy Express ··· from ±·¹± set the foundation for Takashi Murakami’s formulation for his ‘Superflat’ world ºDarling ¸·»¶ Murakami infuses traditional Japanese art from masters like Hokusai and the modernity of the otaku lifestyle to produce a thematic and enlightened medium¶ As stated by Darlingµ the otaku culture is “the Japanese version of computer geeks who retreat into the fantasy realm of cartoons for entertainment and even sexual fulfillment ºDarling ¸¸»¶” With the otaku lifestyle heavily embedded into the Japanese cultureµ whether one might be opposed to it or notµ has affected and changed contemporary art to dominate both the fine arts and commercial enterprises¶ The ‘Superflat’ concept has proved to be quite relatable and engagingµ easily apprehending the viewers’ attention due to its playful appeal and grandiose manner¶ But how deep does Superflat go" In some cases we see a landscapeµ but no immediate horizon for the eye to fall on¶ The negative space is endless behind the flamboyant creaturesµ but come to think of itµ is it all just a large void" There is no beginning or endµ up or downµ and most importantly there is no life or death in the way we naturally know¶ The creatures exist as they are with no testament of their backgroundµ candidly and simply being whoever and whatever they may be¶ Murakami actively present that a range of ecstacy can coexist in one planeµ such as sadness or extreme joyµ with neither dominating the importance of one another¶ The vibrancy of emotions is inevitably felt and transcends what we initially feel or understandµ eventually revealing that the ‘Superflat’ universe is a reflection of our own subdued desires and fantasies¶
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Takashi Murakami’s ‘Homage to Francis Bacon’ was his own take of Francis Bacon’s eerie painting depicting his colleague and lover¶ Unlike Bacon’s blurred and spooky styleµ the Study of George Dyer and Study of Isabel

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