Monday, January 30, 2012

Assignment 5: Superflat

"Superflat" refers to various flattened forms in Japanese graphic art, animation, pop culture and fine arts, as well as the "shallow emptiness of Japanese consumer culture." A self-proclaimed art movement by Takashi Murakami, it was a successful piece of niche marketing, a branded art phenomenon designed for Western audiences. Often the works explore the consumerism and sexual fetishism that is prevalent in post-war Japanese culture. These works are an exploration of otaku* sexuality through grotesque and/or distorted images. Other works are more concerned with a fear of growing up. For example, Yoshitomo Nara’s work often features playful graffiti on old Japanese ukiyo-e executed in a childish manner. And some works focus on the structure and underlying desires that comprise otaku and overall post-war Japanese culture.

*Otaku is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests.

Make an artwork that reflects the influence of a multi-disciplinary art world and the impact that commodification has on it's production.

Requirements: 1) Artwork must be on a commodity trajectory. 2) This work should reflect the concepts behind superflat and its ideas of emptiness. 3) Artwork should deal with contemporary issues that you are concerned with and exist as we speak.

Time Frame for this assignment is 5 hours of class time plus outside time. Assignment must be on your blog by March 6, 2012 before the beginning of class.

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