Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s latest work, “IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD, STEPPING ON THE TAIL OF A RAINBOW” is currently on exhibit at the Gagosian gallery in New York City from now until January 17th. Murakami’s collection of sculptures and paintings illustrate his interpretation of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan's Pacific coastline leaving a death toll of over 18,000.
“To me, religions are a narrative…Natural catastrophes, earthquakes, are things caused by nature. Such chaos is natural, but we have to make sense of it somehow, and so we had to invent these stories. That is what I wanted to paint.”
Lining the boarders between two worlds Murakami combined techniques of classical artist with new technologies to compose a perception of his culture that is specifically mindful of the lives lost in 2011. Upon entry to the gallery is Murakami’s “Bakuramon” a traditional inspired gate known as a salmon, creating a portal into his Wamcom (a tablet that translates work drawn directly on it into silk screens) crafted work. By combining the Buddhist belief system with the lasting effects of Japan’s post-disaster, Maurakami creates a visual insight that merges Japanese culture, myths and earlier faiths for his fans and art lovers alike.