Get Your Ass To Mars: New Work From Takeshi Murata
If men really are from Mars, then Takeshi Murata’s new exhibition Get Your Ass To Mars at Ratio 3 in San Francisco might give us a sneak peak of some of the planets’ potential portraiture. Favoring work that can cross over different platforms, Murata moves away from the vivid animations that he’s known for, unveiling a new series of pigment prints using imagery rendered entirely on the computer.
These prints, set in a virtual space, incorporate found objects including VHS tapes, ripe fruit, skulls and helmets, cracked iPhones, musical instruments, and beer bottles. The placement, angulation, and balance of the static objects emphasize the inherent tension and magnetism between them, at once unifying the images and giving a wink and a nod to the kinetic nature of his time-based videos.