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Takeshi Murata, Golden Banana, 2011, pigment print, 30 x 42 1/2".

Takeshi Murata

Ratio 3

Takeshi Murata, Golden Banana, 2011, pigment print, 30 x 42 1/2".

Takeshi Murata’s recent show at Ratio 3 arrested the pixelated frenzy of the artist’s earlier breakthrough video work, trading in visual pyrotechnics for glossy listlessness in a series of nine vibrant, if seemingly banal, still lifes. Titled “Get Your Ass to Mars” (after a throwaway line from the 1990 Schwarzenegger action classic Total Recall), these natures mortes grouped bits of outmoded technological detritus into meticulous arrangements accented with such miscellaneous objects as VHS tapes, books of criticism, beer bottles and cans, lemons, oranges, and a glass pot pipe. But these are not exactly objets trouvés; each item has been carefully rendered using cutting-edge CGI technology (V-Ray with Cinema 4D). Plucked from the digital ether and set within vacuum-sealed virtual backdrops, these “objects” even cast artificial shadows exactly where expected—and the illusion

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