村上隆小花的「快樂」秘密 The secret of Takashi Murakami’s “smiling” flowers


2. 村上隆小花的「快樂」秘密

The secret of Takashi Murakami’s “smiling” flowers

相信大家對村上隆那朵無所不在的微笑小花必定印象深刻。但你知道嗎?原來在燦爛的笑容背後,村上隆想要傳達的是一種表面快樂的偽裝。村上隆曾表示:「有小孩看過花朵圖畫後跟我說:『那不是真正快樂的笑容,笑面背後看似隱藏著什麼似啊!』小孩沒看錯,說得好。」村上隆把日本甜美可愛的「kawaii」美學與內心的憂鬱和矛盾結合,並透過「超扁平」、重複的手法繪畫花朵,反映他對現今流行文化、消費文化之探討,並且對高雅藝術與低俗藝術之劃分提出質疑。



It is true that the omnipresent smiling flowers of Takashi Murakami are very iconic, but not everyone understands the true meaning of the smile. It is revealed by the artist himself that the radiant smile on the face of the flowers is a fake presentation of happiness. Murakami said, ‘Once, there was a kid telling me after looking at the flowers, “I don’t think that is a genuine smile, and there seems to be some hidden meanings.” The kid was right. Well interpreted.’ In the form of cute cartoon flowers, Murakami combines the Japanese “kawaii” culture with his melancholy and ambivalence towards life. Through a “superflat” and repetitive approach to his art, Murakami also explores the popular culture and consumer culture in the modern world, and questions the classification of high art and low art.

 

Image: Prayer at the Festival, 2018 
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