Tokyo’s Frantic Gallery presents this December ‘Inorganic Flora’, the first solo exhibition of Japanese new media artist Macoto Murayama, who layers the worlds of biological investigation, artistic design, and historical study in his collection of digital prints.
Macoto Murayama uses cut-edge software and 3D modeling to create the synthetic image, combining soft organic forms of plants with cold visuality of technical sketches. While working on the borderline of art and science, this contemporary artist opens new possibility for Botanical Illustration in Digital Age at the same time bringing attention to the aesthetic potential of engineer diagrams.
He starts with the research of existing flora making vivisection of the flower, taking multiple close-up photos and drawing sketches of its parts. Afterwards he moves to the digital dimension applying several softwares: 3ds Max for the form and structure, Adobe Photoshop for separate parts and composition, Adobe Illustrator to add indications of elements, scale and scientific names. Finally he makes large scale digital c-print, framing it into transparent plexiglas.
“Inorganic Flora” Exhibition will present the context of Murayama’s work in historical perspective and in connection with both technical art and botanical art. His “Inorganic Flora” from one side refers to botanical illustration of Ancient Greece as well as sketches of pioneer of Japanese botany Tomitaro Makino or images from Karl Blossfeldt’s “Art Form in Nature”. From another side Murayama’s flower takes root in works of master of automobile illustration Yoshihiro Inomoto, The Art of Engenere in the age of Industrial Revolution and X-Ray art of late 20th century.
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The piece features artwork of budding Japanese artist Macoto Murayama as well as the Producer of Avatar Jon Landau.