Takeshi Murata is an American, New York based multimedia artist that has concentrated on special affects and computer-generated images since 2003. Because he has not attended any prestigious art school, he mostly relies on tutorials and inspiration from other YouTube videos to create his artificial pieces. According to Artspace, “Murata’s work has been shown at venerable institutions worldwide including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the New Museum in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and Norway’s Bergen Kunsthall, among others.”
Melter 1 (left) and Melter 2 (right) are two of Murata’s earliest digital works. Using drawing animation, layering, and sound, he created a psychadellic, mesmerizing series of moving, vibrant colors. His goal was for his creations to “take their own life” and become something of their own. To hear more about his take on 3D Landscapes of Melting Color, watch this video!
Over a decade later, Melter 3-D was made. This series truly shows his progression as an artist. Similar to David McLeod‘s work, Murata focuses on texture and space in 3-D art. The video seems surreal to have the rippling, water-like sphere being able to hold shape! Just by looking at it, the viewer can grasp the ides of what kind of texture it may have. To watch, click here.
In 2013, Murata created a short film known as Om Rider, featuring a wolf-like creature. It is essentially a music video for graphic artist and musician, Robert Beatty. Murata was able to push his own limits by creating a plot, scene, and somewhat developing characters using CGI. This wolf eventually became one of Murata’s most well-known figures and was also featured on an album cover for Beatty too. To see the trailer and full video, click here.
This last piece is the album cover done by Murata himself, and the layout and design was done by Beatty!
Donuts is a recent video where Murata uses a form of “glitch art.” Artspace defines it as, “[art] that requires compressing two videos together until their respective pixels merge into one mashed-up picture.” This particular video not only destorts the frames, but it was made to be a perfect loop, similar to a gif. I particularly liked this video because everytime I rewatch it, I find something new that I didn’t observe before! To watch the full video, click here.
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