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This work comes from Murata's early body of work consisting of rich, colorful, psychedelic, hand-drawn animation. The crisp colors and elegant morphing shapes are in stark contrast with the artist's later "data mosh" works, which are based heavily upon digital video glitch, and the .avi format.
A pioneer of datamoshing—a form of glitch art that manipulates compression frames to give them an overly pixelated appearance—Takeshi Murata is best known for his psychedelic animated videos. More recently Murata has created digital still lifes that depict outmoded technological detritus and symbols of mortality, combined with miscellaneous objects such as beer bottles, lemons, and VHS tapes. Murata creates these objects using CGI technology that give the illusion of three-dimensionality, in effect producing updated Dutch vanitas images for the digital age. In these and video works such as I, Popeye (2010), Murata meditates on the process of image-making and the digital afterlife of images.
American, b. 1974, Chicago, Illinois, based in Saugerties, New York