Web banner image: Motomichi Nakamura, Passerby (film still), November, 2011, Animated film, 4 minutes 28 seconds, Courtesy of the artist
Motomichi Nakamura is an animator, painter, sculptor, as well as, a VJ and game and toy designer. Influenced by Outsider art, Japanese animation, Dutch graphic design, Latin American street culture and cryptozoology, Nakamura creates work using a limited color palette and minimalist design to create haunting powerful images and films that explore contemporary culture and political issues both large and small. Using only the colors of black, white and red, his deceptively “simple” yet graphically designed creatures act as avatars for the artist. Embodying both monster-like and human characteristics, Nakamura’s creatures emulate the duality of human nature. The artist comments, “the borderline between good and evil, friend and enemy can be blurred, my monsters display that relationship.”
Crypto-animation will feature a range of Nakamura’s artistic endeavors. Included in the exhibit will be seven animated videos ranging from the music video Blame to energetic ads for the Japan Cuts film festival and selections from his epic Journeys of Puro. Two contemplative digital installations, Portrait and Passerby will be augmented by a multi-creature drawing installation, paintings, as well as a selection of his soft sculptures and vinyl toys.
Motomichi Nakamura was born and raised in Tokyo, and formally educated in the United States. A graduate of New York City’s Parsons School of Design in 1996, Nakamura currently maintains his studio in Quito, Ecuador which, Nakamura points out, is roughly 9,250 ft from sea level and is known as "city in the sky". His work has been exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Brazil, and the Moscow Contemporary Art Center Winzavod among others. He has performed at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Central Museum in Utrecht, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. His animations have been presented at Sundance Film Festival, the Onedotzero International Animation Festival, and the Holland Animation Film Festival.
Motomichi Nakamura: Crypto-animation is organized by Brian Sieveking, Adjunct Curator of Folk and Outsider Art and will be on display in the Media Lab Gallery February 1 - May 31, 2014