Macoto Murayama Japanese lily-i-b

Dimensions:
56 x 45.7 cm

Description:
Media Art / CGA. Digital C-print. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2008

Macoto Murayama Japanese-lily-C-wc

Dimensions:
56 x 45.7 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Ed. 1/3 Private Collection, Shanghai. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2008

Macoto Murayama Japanese lily -v- bc

Dimensions:
56 x 45.7 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Ed. 1/3 Private Collection, France. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Macoto Murayama Japanese lily -vi- w

Dimensions:
56 x 45.7 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 3. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Macoto Murayama Latyrus odoratus L. - front view - ow

Dimensions:
100 x 100 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 8. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009-2012

Macoto Murayama Latyrus odoratus L. – side view - ow

Dimensions:
100 x 100 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 8. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009-2012

Macoto Murayama Latyrus odoratus L. – top view - ow

Dimensions:
100 x 100 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 8. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009-2012

Macoto Murayama Latyrus odoratus L. – ecology view - o

Dimensions:
100 x 100 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 8. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009-2012

Macoto Murayama Narcissus tazetta L. var. chinensis M.Roem - front view – b

Dimensions:
150 x 100 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 8. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2014

Macoto Murayama Narcissus tazetta L. var. chinensis M.Roem - front view – ow

Dimensions:
150 x 100 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 8. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2014

Macoto Murayama Narcissus tazetta L. var. chinensis M.Roem - left side view – b

Dimensions:
150 x 100 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 8. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2014

Macoto Murayama Narcissus tazetta L. var. chinensis M.Roem - left side view – ow

Dimensions:
150 x 100 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 8. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2014

Macoto Murayama Narcissus tazetta L. var. chinensis M.Roem - right side view – b

Dimensions:
150 x 100 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 8. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2014

Macoto Murayama Narcissus tazetta L. var. chinensis M.Roem - right side view – ow

Dimensions:
150 x 100 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 8. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2014

Macoto Murayama Yoshino-cherry-˙@-b

Dimensions:
56 x 45.7 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 3. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

Macoto Murayama Yoshino-cherry-˙B-wc

Dimensions:
56 x 45.7 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 3. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2009

Macoto Murayama Yoshino cherry -iv- bc

Dimensions:
56 x 45.7 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 8. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2008

Macoto Murayama Yoshino cherry -v- w

Dimensions:
56 x 45.7 cm

Description:
Digital C-print / Diasec framing. Edition of 3. Image © Macoto Murayama. Used here by kind permission from Frantic Gallery. All rights reserved.

Created:
2007

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Macoto Murayama
Inorganic Flora

Macoto Murayama creates computer generated botanical drawings, bringing an ancient tradition of flower illustration into the digital age. Pre-modern visuality meets here with cutting-edge technology; natural forms intertwine with scientific sharpness and descriptive precision.

Murayama’s artistic process starts in the manner of a true botanist: he collects a plant, makes vivisections, observes, draws and photographs. However, his own flowers are born with the help of the 3dsMax software for three-dimensional graphics, while composition and symbolical indications are created with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop applications.

Murayama’s body of works is called Inorganic Flora and it evolves around three major branches. “Botanical Diagrams” are large drawings of a particular flower with the scientific name, parts indications, measurements, scale and other descriptive elements. “Botech Art” is a vivid manifestation of synthesized “Botanical Art” and “Technical Art” in which organic forms disclose their mechanical elements while plant architectonics unveil their gentle, lively and even sexual nature. Finally, “Botech Compositions” are carpet like accumulations of semi-transparent structures brought together in one overwhelming digital garden.

These are not only images of plants, but representations of the intellect’s power and its elaborate tools for scrutinizing nature. As scientific illustration collides with architecture in the guise of explanatory botanical blueprints, the details unveil images where massive amounts of information create a visually beautiful aura and unveil the inner structures that makes the very operation and morphological processes possible. Unlike architectural structures though, flowers are organic and reveal organic shapes  and mechanics that set inorganic elements into a specific motion. Transparencies in the work of Macoto Murayama refer not only to the lucid petals of flowers; they are an interpretation of the ambitious, romantic and utopian struggles of science to see and present the world as transparent object, one we need to be completely seen, one that we can grasp in its entirety. This scientific challenge to measure the Universe eventually becomes one of the artist’s sources of inspiration, fusing fantasies and the bearings of romanticism into what Murayama calls Botech Art, or the symbiosis of Botanical Art and Technology.

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Macoto Murayama was born in 1984 in Kanagawa, Japan. In 2007 he graduated the Information Design Department at Miyagi University, with a B.A. in Spatial Design. In 2009 he completed the courses at the Institute of Advanced Media Art and Sciences (IAMAS), Media Expression Department. In between 2009 and 2010 he has been a researcher at IAMAS. His work has been part of several group shows, including OGAKI...