什麼是「超扁平(Superflat)」?What is “Superflat”?


3. 什麼是「超扁平(Superflat)」?

What is “Superflat”?

若大家對村上隆的作品有一定認識,相信你必定聽過「超扁平(Superflat)」這個形容村上隆藝術的常用語。村上隆是最早提出這一概念的藝術家,他從西方普普藝術、日本動漫卡通文化以及傳統浮世繪獲取靈感,並曾親自講解他的「超扁平」世界背後的含義:「我非常喜愛日本動畫和美國的科幻電影。像《星戰》,第一幕便是以3D效果呈現,而日本的科幻作品則是偏橫向移動,因此我的藝術哲學是從營造與人眼相似的立體視角,至建造一個扁平的世界,但在扁平中卻又有某種程度上的縱深。」而「超扁平」還有另一層的隱晦含義,便是村上隆對現今通俗文化內涵扁平並且欠缺深度的反思。



If you are familiar with Takashi Murakami’s works, you must have heard of the term “Superflat”, which is a common reference to his art. Being inspired by Western Pop Art, Japanese anime culture as well as traditional Ukiyo-e art, Murakami is the first artist to raise the discussion of this aesthetic concept to the art world. He once explained the meaning of “Superflat”, ‘I am keen for both Japanese animations and American sci-fi films. For example, in Star Wars, the first scene is completely three-dimensional. While in Japanese animated sci-fi films, the narratives progress horizontally. So, my visual philosophy develops from creating a three-dimensional, natural perspective almost like seeing with the naked eye, to creating a world of flatness with certain sense of depth.’ Through presenting a “Superflat” world to the audience, Murakami also expresses his reflection on the lack of “depth” he has found in contemporary pop culture.

 

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