Born in Chicago Illinois in 1974, Takeshi Murata is an American contemporary artist who uses video and computer animation techniques to create a variety of digital media based art. In 1997 he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film/Video/Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design. Murata now lives and works based in New York. His work ranges from pigment prints, to sculptures, to psychedelic videos, and more. A prominent feature of his work is the use of datamoshing, which is a form of glitch art that he has played a pivotal role in pioneering. This technique allows the artist to manipulate compression frames in order to create an overly pixelated effect.
As I looked at work from throughout his career, especially with a focus on some of his videos like Monster Movie and Pink Dot, I found myself left with mixed reactions. To start, I could tell from the beginning that I was definitely more of a fan of his stills than his videos. Just from the images I included within this post I think the complexity and details really shine through in their pieces. After taking a closer look at his stills, I had a hard time switching to his videos due to the pixelated nature of them. While I recognize the uniqueness and skill behind them, the videos I watched were not something I personally found aesthetically appealing (likely because they were very different than my aesthetic). With that being said, I do understand the draw and captivating features of his work. It entices viewers and makes them look closely, consider the potential symbolism of a distorted reality, and more. Every little detail, whether visual or audio, gains significance as viewers are working to better understand the messages behind the work. One video of his that I did thoroughly enjoy, and not just because I recognized the skills and thoughts behind it, was his 3D Landscapes of Melting Color. To me, while this video was still abstract it was also incredibly aesthetically pleasing to me.
All in all while there were traits and pieces of his work that stuck with me more than others, I was thoroughly impressed by Murata’s creativity and skills. It made me consider more of the big picture and small details, and how these factors overlap with one another to create a unique and interesting final product.