February 16, 2019 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Paseo artist talk: Motomichi
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Paseo artist talk: Motomichi

Arthur Bell Auditorium

While growing up in Japan as a child I used to imagine that there were monsters everywhere. They could be hiding anywhere or in anything in the house and could be enormously huge or microscopically small lurking in plain sight.

I believe my imagination was influenced by the Japanese Shinto, the native animistic religion of Japan that’s based on the idea that all things in nature are inhabited by spirits that can sometimes become supernatural monsters.

As an adult I became fascinated by mythical and cryptozoological monsters which are often considered to be representations of our primal fear of death and societal anxieties. As I read the stories of these monsters the most fascinating part is the eyewitness accounts of encounters in which their feeling of fear and panic they felt are reflected onto the description of the monsters. I like to imagine myself being in the intense moment and atmosphere of the encounter and try to recreate the monsters they saw through their eyes.

After studying Communication Design and Illustration at Parsons School of Design in New York I worked as a graphic designer and moved to Ecuador in 1998 where I lived for 3 years. When I returned to New York in 2001 I decided to become artist and over the years my work has evolved through the use of different media including Net Art, Animation, Video Installation, Painting and Live Video Mixing. Since 2012 my main focus has been on Projection Mapping which allows me to present my work at public and for my visual representations to merge with the surroundings which results in direct communication with the public at large.

Visually the color palette of my work is limited to three colors, black, white and red and consists of simple and bold shapes. Color red increases the pulse and heart rate, and raises your blood pressure. Red also has the smallest refractive index and visually it appears closer than reality. Black is the darkest and densest color and object painted in black gives the perception that it is much heavier than reality and it is the heaviest among colors. White is the brightest and lightest color and the combination of Black and White creates the highest contrast to your eyes. I believe that by eliminating complexity and simplifying visuals the ideas can communicate more strongly and clear and the physical effects on us which can be produced by the three colors can be used as communication tool beyond our cultural difference. 

This event is free with admission (Free to Members).