Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Takashi Murakami Animation Studio Opening Soon in LA

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is set to open an animation studio in Los Angeles next year under the name of his production and artist-management company Kaikai Kiki. Murakami is the Japanese Andy Warhol and his pop art has globally impacted pop culture as we know it. He created his own pop art style, known as "superflat", which incorporates graphic character art derived from Manga and anime on flat planes of bold color. His pieces speak to and about consumerism, sexual fetishism and the "otaku" culture in Japan which is a culture which revolves around an obsession with video games, Manga, and anime. On this side of the Pacific, Murakami is known for his pop art bags and wallets for Louis Vuitton and for his collaborations with Kanye West on West's album covers and music videos.

I love all of Murakami's work and he is truly a 21st century visionary - creatively and artistically. He has the potential and ability to shape and move pop culture in a new direction that would redefine and raise artistic standards and notions of art in general. All of his pieces move beyond mere eye candy and the visual sensory overload which ensues upon articulating a Murakami piece may be understood as Murakami's signature style - you can't resist the impression or impact that each of his pieces makes. As with all great art, you either get it or you don't.

Source: LA Times

Kaikai Kiki


Anonymous said...

Very cool artist. His work resembles that of Studio 4C, the anime studio that did the "Beyond" episode in Animatrix.

Cool blog overall, Terry. I've bookmarked it and will stop by regularly.

Coogi2G said...

Thanks for the comment Talha!

Yes - it does resemble the animation of the "Beyond" episode in Animatrix. And I think that this artistic/animation aesthetic definitely disseminated, influenced, and redefined anime in general.

It will be interesting to see how Murakami's animation studio impacts other North American studios that have had such a hold over North American constructs of animation - like Pixar, Dreamworks, and more recently Lucas Films......