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Takeshi Murata

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Few of us acknowledge that the snapshots and video clips on our hard drives, much less on YouTube, won’t last forever. Even fewer, save for computer programmers, understand just how the pixels that compose those images will decay. In his masterful video works, Takeshi Murata doesn’t so much point to this built-in obsolescence as harness a rich painterly possibility to fugitive, consumer-grade visual information.

Murata’s recent exhibition featured two projected videos, Escape Spirit VideoSlime, 2007, and Untitled (Pink Dot), 2006. Both works have ominously buzzing sound tracks by Robert Beatty and reveal Murata’s ability to transmogrify appropriated footage—generic nature films and the Rambo films, respectively—into complex, hypnotic compositions. The vivid, pulsating color of Murata’s work is reminiscent of the fluorescent-toned vernacular of Paper Rad, but where the collective

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