Image courtesy of Mahomi Kunikata
One of the Micropop artists I saw at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art was Mahomi Kunikata. She was actually discovered by one of my favorite artists, Takashi Murakami. While her work has also been classified as Superflat, another Japanese art movement, she is also included with the Micropop movement. While I am interested in the Micropop movement, I am going to focus more on the aesthetics of the Micropop artists I discuss here. I wish I could show the work she had at the Hara, Girls’ Festival for Defeated Soldiers, but the work above and the work here gives you an idea of her aesthetic. Her work is definitely influenced by Japanese manga. While that style is seen everywhere, she turns it on its head. The influence is there, but the color is so much bolder and the combination of images is striking. While depth seems to be implied, everything is still very flat. The eye bounces from one area to the next trying to make sense of what it is seeing. To read more about her work, look here.