Catinca Tabacaru Gallery Collective

Shinji Murakami

Shinji Murakami
Solo show, 2016
installation view

Shinji Murakami
Matrix, 2017
LED, two-way mirror, computer, digital animated image, aluminum, metal frame, and electric
48 3/4 × 48 3/4 in
Edition of 5

Shinji Murakami
3D 8Bit Flowers, 2016
wood, glue, and alkyd
13 × 7.5 × 4.5 in

Shinji Murakami
Pegasus,2016
wood, glue, alkyd with stand
48 × 48 × 15.5 in

Shinji Murakami
Rainbow, 2016
plywood, screw, alkyd with stand
28 × 52 × 12 in

Shinji Murakami
Horse (Black), 2016
wood, glue and alkyd
46 × 48 × 12 in

Shinji Murakami
3D 8Bit Flowers, 2016
wood, glue, and alkyd
13 × 7.5 × 4.5 in

Shinji Murakami
Heart (Flat), 2016
wood, glue, alkyd and wall mount
28× 28× 4.5 in

Shinji Murakami
Puppy Generation 4, 2013
wood, glue alkyd, caster, collar and leash
12 × 4.5 × 10.5 in

Shinji Murakami
Puppy Generation 5, 2014
wood, glue, alkyd, and collar
​each 10.5 × 4.5 × 10.5 in

Shinji Murakami
Flwrs, 2015
acrylic and resin on wood panel
24 × 24 a in each

SHINJI MURAKAMI (b. 1980, Osaka, Japan)
Shinji Murakami’s work springboards from the philosophy of Gunpei Yokoi, the famous inventor of Nintendo’s Game Boy: Withered Techn​ology – referring to a mature technology that is cheap and well understood; and Lateral Thinking – the finding of radical new ways of using such technology. Murakami does not believe that profound human understanding has necessarily caught up to the explosive evolution of modern computer technology, but the pixelated expressions of 8-bit video games at the root of his work are one withered part of this evolutionary process. Murakami interrogates lateral thinking of this pixel.

Working in wood, alkyd paint and LED light, Murakami focuses on communicating his ideas to a wide audience. With the precision of a master craftsman, he renders universal motifs – flowers, puppies, hearts – in minimalism and pop, re-interpreting the aesthetics and context of each genre and reassessing their role within contemporary art.

Artist Website

BORN 1980, OSAKA, JAPAN
LIVES AND WORKS IN BROOKLYN, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York

2016

};- <3 -;{, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York

2014

:), Tinca Art | Artion Gallery, New York

2004
snz exhibition, secobar, Tokyo
Final Quest, Graniph Gallery, Kyoto (JP)

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS AND SITE-SPECIFIC​ WORKS

2014

Jumbo Dumbo Puppy, Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn

2012

Game Change, Telfair Museum, Savannah, USA

2011

Artists Rescue Team for Japan, Williamsburg Art & History Center, Brooklyn

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

Terra Nova, CTG Collective, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, NY

2015

Animals & Imaginations, lorimoto, Brooklyn
The Spoon & Tamago Studio Visits, hpgrp Gallery, New York

2014

Gilded, Paul Kasmin Shop, New York
Summer Garden, Onishi Project, New York
Divisionaire, JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, USA
Coming Out To Play, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York

2013

Ever Ours, Merrit School of Music, Beethoven Festival, Chicago, USA; curator: Catinca Tabacaru

2012

Playing the Game, O’Artoteca, Milan, Italy
Revolution, National Pastime Theater, Beethoven Festival, Chicago, USA; curator: Catinca Tabacaru
Citydrift, The Bogart Salon, Brooklyn

2011

We Are One, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn

2009

NYAB Turns One, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn

2008

Geisai Museum #11, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo

2003

F-Exhibition, Sign Gallery, Tokyo

PROJECTS IN PARTNERSHIP

2017

Salesforce.com, Global

2016

Salesforce.com, USA
Giorgio Armani Junior, Global Campaign
World Emoji Day, Pepsi Co., New York

2014

Collections, PK Shop, New York
Maison 54, New York