Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Takashi Murakami spricht mit Mako Wasaka, February 24,2000 Murakami Studio, Brooklyn ,NY

( Original unter http://www.jca-online.com/murakami.html )

( Source: http://www.kunstwissen.de/fach/f-kuns/b_postm/murak0.htm )


Murakami: Only those artists who have an ability in marketing can survive in the art world. Damien Hirst is a good example. Through his art, you can see the process of how an artist can survive in the art world. First of all, distinctively situate his/her position in art history. Second, articulate what the beauty of his/her art is. Next, sexuality. Then, death. Present what he/she finds in death. If an artist aptly rotates this cycle, he/she can survive. Damien Hirst has been repeating the cycle of birth, death, love, sex and beauty.

Wakasa: Doesn’t every artist try to repeat that cycle?

Murakami: Yes. That’s why Picasso has been continuously consumed as well as Warhol. This attests that artists that have a sense of the market make the best of the rotation. The reason why Matthew Barney is not doing well is that the style of his works remains similar. In addition, he couldn’t make an effective presentation in the theme of death. On the other hand, Damien Hirst expressed death so successfully by slicing cows that viewers understood him. He also succeeded in expressing beauty with his dot paintings.

Wakasa: But even though artists know marketing well, they don’t necessarily become successful.

Murakami: Of course, not. It depends on talent of an artist.

Wakasa: All your projects were very successful.

Murakami: Because I conducted research about the art market. There are examples of what an artist should do at a certain age. If someone wants to survive in any field, he or she should conduct research about the field he or she belongs to. But, most people don’t bother. I think an artist is a person like him. It’s a minimum resistance by a person who dares resist against his or her nihilistic perception: I cannot change anything. Therefore, people who have given up resistance find security when they look at art made by a person who is still resisting. They can have a fantasy that they might be able to resist, too. This is the role of the artist . That’s why I am making art.

Murakami: I think there should be a strong dark emotion within an artist in order to continuously create powerful works. I am making a catalog of the exhibition entitled “Super Flat” at Parco Gallery. It will be bilingual. The exhibition will travel the world. I curated it, including sculptures and comics. In addition, for promotion, I am conducting a series of dialogues on the magazine, Kokoku Hihyo.


Translated from the Japanese by Mako Wakasa and Naomi Ginoza
Text © copyright 2001, Journal of Contemporary Art, Inc. and the authors.
Images © copyright, Takashi Murakami. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

"Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind"

"Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to show
or the mail to come, or the rain to slow
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
...or waiting for their hair to grow
Everyone is just waiting"
-Dr. Seuss


Quotes day, so that day continues waiting
me in order to start.
And I just wait for you.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Resolution II.


Just tell me something new each day.

You can tell me the direction. But you can't.

I wonder if it's some kind of joke on behalf of the destiny; just like my christmas present -which was actually a w o n d e r f u l present. And what can I say, the overall context of the same present was just as great.

But, going back to the joke, I simply don't know how to react and I certainly don't know what to expect. Things are going into all directions, but the footstep is always at the same doorframe. I would like so many things which I have to understand: will never happen.
Yeah, I just have to give a huge sip of true and let it digest. Hope? Destiny? Just doubt it. Things have been a little rough, but a little soft. A little bright and a little dark.
You know, just like everything in this world.

I can say that I want to know, but I perfectly know that knowing it's not the answer; it's just the start, nothing else, nothing more. And even feeling is such a small step towards anything.
For Jesus Christ, I'm and art major and I can not feel, I can not react.

I wonder and I wonder, and I kind of expect it, but then just forget. The flowers are blossoming inside the book and I just wait for some kind of sign. I know, I know.
I know what you think. Yes, I do know.

Now, lets hope the destiny tells me what he/she wants.

Sunday, January 9, 2011