Hi everybody … and if I haven’t said so already … Happy New Year! I’ve been a little slow out of the gate as we march boldly into 2013, and maybe that because the prospect of facing a full year that ends in the number 13 is really freaking me out. That’s 365 days, for crying out loud! But we can discuss that particularly phobia at another time, because it’s Thursday, and here’s my first artist profile of the new year!
This week I’d like to introduce you to the truly mind-boggling art of Tokyo-based artist and sculptor Kazuki Takamatsu. By now you’re probably scratching your heads, wondering as I did, “How the heck does he do that?” Are they paintings? Computer generated 3D models? Or some bizarre yet beautiful hybrid?
The answer is that Takamatsu marries digital imaging and traditional painting techniques, combining acrylic and gouache painting with modern Depth Map techniques, which adds a realistic 3-D depth field effect to the drawn objects that appears to glow like a hologram.
But aside from his technique, it’s the themes of his work that are truly challenging. Takamatsu uses his art as a platform for social comment and criticism, which range from gun cultures, electronic information, eco-instability, peer pressure and the ever-increasing loss of identity in an electronic age.
His images present an almost childlike dreamscape of young, nubile girls who seem at once innocent and corrupted (“Too Much Information”, “Hunting”) , and their ghostlike appearance strips them of human identity. Things may look dreamlike, but the very real world threat of guns and violence are still ever-present, something to think about in these gun crazy times.
His work is psychedelic, mesmerizing, haunting, sensual, disturbing, thought-provoking and utterly original. Ladies and gentlemen, I present the art of Kazuki Takamatsu.