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  1. page Blender-- Makoto Aida edited ... Aida first envisioned Blender at around age 13-14 during his first year of junior high school,…
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    Aida first envisioned Blender at around age 13-14 during his first year of junior high school, but held off rendering the image until 2 decades later. This was in part because a studio in New York invited him to showcase his work as a guest artist and he needed to create a large-scale vertical painting that would fit in the studio’s interior, and also because he wanted to create a piece that would not be easy to execute in Japan (Aida, 2007, p. 229). These factors, along with Aida’s continued desire to express what he called “__original Japanese eroticism__,” culminated into the work presented on this page.
    As of most of his works, Blender is a piece that centered around Aida’s perception of Japanese society and of the world. Aida attributes his cynical worldview to his own difficulties and awkwardness toward women during his adolescent years, and as a result, harbored hostility towards them (Aida, 2007, p.6). This hostility is present in Blender, in which he pictured kind, smiling, nude young females being liquefied in a large blender. Of this work, Aida has said, “Blender is an image that came to me when I was 14, Originally, the image had all 1.8 billion women of the human race in the blender. If you are a delicate, shy, and young adolescent boy, I’m sure there are a number of people who’d imagine this sort of image without having orientation towards perversion or brutality. Men are such animals.” (Aida, 2007, p.6). According to Aida, Blender was also created with the intention of __psychologically testing the viewer__ and was achieved by confrontational components, such as the blood and the nudity, and stresses that his works require an audience for it to be complete. On elaborating the relationship between his work and the viewers, Aida has said, “For me, it is very important that there is an audience to see the work. I am not making art for ‘art’s sake’, or for my own satisfaction. I am creating it for an audience. I always have an audience in my mind when I am creating work, and what I would like to show them”__(Dickie and Shaw, 2015)__. Other influences that led to the creation of his body of work at the time, including this piece, consists of the underground __GARO__ magazines, a Japanese monthly manga anthology magazine that specialized in alternative and avant-garde manga; the manga artist Suehiro Maruo, whose grotesque and erotic depictions of young girls interested Aida; and the hysteria revolving around Tsutomu Miyazaki__, a serial killer, cannibal, and necrophile that targeted young girls and caused nationwide moral panic against Otakus during the late 1980s (Aida, 2007, p.6).
    Artist Comparison
    As unconventional as Aida's works seem, he would not be the first to depict and publicize gruesomely mutilated schoolgirls. This piece pictured below, titled Monster Brains (10), Suehiro Maruo was a well known Ero Guro (genre: Erotic and Grotesque) manga artist in the 1980s, actively submitting his work to underground magazine, GARO. His illustrations depict themes of sex and violence and has been cited as an influence to Aida Makoto (Aida, 2007, p.6). Suehiro Maruo himself was fascinated by themes such as human oddities, deformities, birth defects, and circus freaks and wanted to explore these interests through his work. In one of his prints from his Monster Brains series, it depicts a mutilated face of a young girl with her hand wrapped around the older man's neck, donning a horrified expression, while the man seems oblivious to her discomfort. He wears a romantic expression while engaging in carnivorous activities, licking her eyeball and caressing her with one hand, the other gouging into her face as her blood trickles over his hand and onto her schoolgirl uniform. The schoolgirl's disintegrating face suggests a loss of beauty and/or innocence as she is preyed upon. This illustration creates a tension that suggests sexual assault is in play and a loss of innocence, with the man as the dominating figure in the piece.

    {5467976763_05ecdda1bf_o.jpg} Suehiro Maruo's Monster Brains Print Series, http://monsterbrains.blogspot.com/2011/02/suehiro-maruo.html
    Technicality-wise, Aida showcases his craftsmanship and attentiveness to detail through the complex composition of twisted figures in various positions and his use of chiaroscuro throughout the piece. Because of the semi-realism, this piece is a departure from his other works, such as __Harakiri School Girls (2002)__ and __DOG (Moon)(1996)__, in which he utilized flat, ukiyo-e like line work, colors, and features females portrayed in the manga-style. Yet, Aida has also managed to incorporate elements of __traditional Japanese style__ within it. The muted, watercolor-like palettes and whitish color schemes echo the nihonga style that developed in Japan decades prior, reflecting __his belief__ that Japanese style works deserves more attention than it receives.
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    Dickie, Anna, and Catherine Shaw. “A conversation with Makoto Aida.” 9 January, 2015, <https://ocula.com/magazine/conversations/makoto-aida/> (November 2017).
    --An interview with Aida about his artistic process and works relating to social commentary on Japanese culture, language, nationality, and misogyny.
    Hennequin, Tom. “NSFW: Suehiro Maruo’s Ero Guro Art.” 8, June, 2015, <http://www.cvltnation.com/nsfw-suehiro-maruos-ero-guro-art/> (November 2017).
    --An article about Suehiro Maruo’s work and his impact in the Ero Guro art genre.

    Jones, Tracy. “Exclusive Interview with Makoto Aida.” 19 December, 2012, <__http://hifructose.com/2012/12/19/exclusive-interview-with-makoto-aida/__> (October 2017).
    --In this interview Aida discusses his past and how he combines his experiences with his art to tell a larger story.
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  2. page The Structure Of by Ja Baak edited ... This work is rather all encompassing as it would be viewed on the first image. The sound and m…
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    This work is rather all encompassing as it would be viewed on the first image. The sound and movement take the viewer to another place. At first view, what could be happier than a day a fair? The tilting perspectives and the converging rides all end to a sense of unease and claustrophobia that, over time, could be chilling. The humans are tiny and insignificant in relation to the chaos of the landscapes. Helplessness is displayed in the midst of a whirlwind of sound and movement. Awkward movement calls attention to the instability of the elements as even the law of gravity is denied. In the midst of the black void of our existence we still go on bouncing off the boundaries of our limitations and play the games we are given.
    I was drawn to Je Baak almost right away, I think in part for his quirkiness, and because it is a sort of surreal, strange piece. A few of the works I found right away of his were similar and I really found my interest peaked. In fact, the notion that this photographic, digitally manipulated video, is so interesting and successful really inspires me to explore similar projects in y own artistic explorations. Interestingly enough as well, I chose to add this artist to a current art unit for my 3d High School Art class. The students really enjoyed the piece and thought that it was pretty cool, which adds to its contemporary stability and overall weight and character in the global art community. There are works that the artist has that do not inspire me as much, but that is fine. I know for a fact that one of the major works I looked at with colleagues was favored by the majority, but I didn’t really enjoy it all that much. I think, as is typical in art, it's about the eye of the viewer, the beholder. For me it was the strange, almost dark and eerie undertones of the work, the audio that created strange ambience and the alien-like forms of the work in such vivid contrast to the blackness of the background really made this a favored work for my collection and to bring to my classroom, as well. (Chris Boudrie, EMU MA VAE Grad Student and High School Digital/Visual Arts Teacher, November 2017)
    For me this piece really needs to be viewed in a gallery space. Seeing it on Youtube was interesting but you definitely miss out on a lot of important aspects. This piece really has a special ambiance. It is terrifying and playful at the same time. The bright playful lights and the blackness of the void contrast and really confuse the senses. This is probably the part I find most interesting. I don't think I have any particular attachment to the piece except for the aesthetic of its ambiance. I think for me this piece is relevant because of the idea of the manufactured emotion. I think not only does the piece it self speak to the idea of forcing ourselves to be afraid for the joy of it, but I think it also tells us we are in control of those things. I definitely think the more I learned about this piece the more interesting it became for me.
    Other Contemporary Korean Artists
    https://theculturetrip.com/asia/south-korea/articles/the-10-korean-contemporary-artists-you-should-know/
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  3. page The Structure Of by Ja Baak edited ... Tatsuo Miyajima - Untitled Panorama1, Mirror and Glass, 2013. - Korean Artist - Work Above - S…
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    Tatsuo Miyajima - Untitled Panorama1, Mirror and Glass, 2013. - Korean Artist - Work Above - Site Link - Image Link - This piece is half mirror and film installed on a window allowing light to play within the space and add an interesting space for the viewer to explore. Like Ja Baak, this work is an installation piece exploring light within its space, and created with a modern aesthetic, by a South Korean artist.
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    Lee Yong Baek - Broken Mirror, Interactive Video, 2011. - Korean Artist - Work Above - Site Link - Image Link - This artist is another digital video artist from South Korea. Like Je Baak, the artist’s work is displayed visually to dominate it’s space and the surrounding area is alive with audio that brings the video to life. The viewer’s reflection is shot, as their self, surroundings, and time explodes and shatters like a bomb. To view this particular work, move the video to 1:30 or 1:43. Like Ja Baak, the artist uses digital imagery and video installation to bring the viewer into the space. Likewise, the artist is using sound that brings the piece and space alive.
    References
    http://www.artnet.com/artists/je-baak/biography
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    Tatsuo Miyajima - Untitled Panorama1, Mirror and Glass, 2013. - Korean Artist - Work Above - Site Link - Image Link - This piece is half mirror and film installed on a window allowing light to play within the space and add an interesting space for the viewer to explore. Like Ja Baak, this work is an installation piece exploring light within its space, and created with a modern aesthetic, by a South Korean artist.
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    References
    http://www.artnet.com/artists/je-baak/biography
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  5. page The Structure Of by Ja Baak edited ... Siyon Jin - Flow 3-4, Oil on Canvas, 63 ⅘ x 88 ⅕ inches, 2012. - Korean Artist - Work Above - …
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    Siyon Jin - Flow 3-4, Oil on Canvas, 63 ⅘ x 88 ⅕ inches, 2012. - Korean Artist - Work Above - Site Link - Image Link - While this piece appears to be a work of light and color, and in a sense it is, the piece is actually oil on canvas, and and not an installation piece, like the rest. It does, however, in my opinion, fit in with the other works quite well. The artist's work connects to Ja Baak's in that they are both contemporary Korean artists, but also in that they are exploring vibrant color against a black backdrop. Movement of color and light blends this work with others included herein.
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    Tatsuo Miyajima - Untitled Panorama1, Mirror and Glass, 2013. - Korean Artist - Work Above - Site Link - Image Link - This piece is half mirror and film installed on a window allowing light to play within the space and add an interesting space for the viewer to explore. Like Ja Baak, this work is an installation piece exploring light within its space, and created with a modern aesthetic, by a South Korean artist.
    References
    http://www.artnet.com/artists/je-baak/biography
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    Siyon Jin - Flow 3-4, Oil on Canvas, 63 ⅘ x 88 ⅕ inches, 2012. - Korean Artist - Work Above - Site Link - Image Link - While this piece appears to be a work of light and color, and in a sense it is, the piece is actually oil on canvas, and and not an installation piece, like the rest. It does, however, in my opinion, fit in with the other works quite well. The artist's work connects to Ja Baak's in that they are both contemporary Korean artists, but also in that they are exploring vibrant color against a black backdrop. Movement of color and light blends this work with others included herein.
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    References
    http://www.artnet.com/artists/je-baak/biography
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  7. page The Structure Of by Ja Baak edited ... Byung Ho Kim - Garden_01, Aluminum, Steel, Powder Coating, 280 x 750 x 250 inches, 2013. - Kor…
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    Byung Ho Kim - Garden_01, Aluminum, Steel, Powder Coating, 280 x 750 x 250 inches, 2013. - Korean Artist - Work Above - Site Link - Image Link - Alternate View - This view is close up and in amidst the installation itself. Other images, like the one connected to the image link above, show a different perspective of the installation as a whole. Like the other works viewed, the exploration of color and line allows this piece a place among the other items viewed and artists added herein. In addition, as with each work included herein, the artist's work connects to Ja Baak's in that they are both contemporary Korean artists, but also in that they are installations utilizing a modern aesthetic.
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    quite well. The artist's work connects to Ja Baak's in that they are both contemporary Korean artists, but also in that they are exploring vibrant color against a black backdrop. Movement of color and light blends this work with others included herein.
    References
    http://www.artnet.com/artists/je-baak/biography
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  8. page The Structure Of by Ja Baak edited ... Byung Ho Kim - Garden_01, Aluminum, Steel, Powder Coating, 280 x 750 x 250 inches, 2013. - Kor…
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    Byung Ho Kim - Garden_01, Aluminum, Steel, Powder Coating, 280 x 750 x 250 inches, 2013. - Korean Artist - Work Above - Site Link - Image Link - Alternate View - This view is close up and in amidst the installation itself. Other images, like the one connected to the image link above, show a different perspective of the installation as a whole. Like the other works viewed, the exploration of color and line allows this piece a place among the other items viewed and artists added herein. In addition, as with each work included herein, the artist's work connects to Ja Baak's in that they are both contemporary Korean artists, but also in that they are installations utilizing a modern aesthetic.
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    Siyon Jin - Flow 3-4, Oil on Canvas, 63 ⅘ x 88 ⅕ inches, 2012. - Korean Artist - Work Above - Site Link - Image Link - While this piece appears to be a work of light and color, and in a sense it is, the piece is actually oil on canvas, and and not an installation piece, like the rest. It does, however, in my opinion, fit in with the other works quite well.
    References
    http://www.artnet.com/artists/je-baak/biography
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    Byung Ho Kim - Garden_01, Aluminum, Steel, Powder Coating, 280 x 750 x 250 inches, 2013. - Korean Artist - Work Above - Site Link - Image Link - Alternate View - This view is close up and in amidst the installation itself. Other images, like the one connected to the image link above, show a different perspective of the installation as a whole. Like the other works viewed, the exploration of color and line allows this piece a place among the other items viewed and artists added herein. In addition, as with each work included herein, the artist's work connects to Ja Baak's in that they are both contemporary Korean artists, but also in that they are installations utilizing a modern aesthetic.
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    References
    http://www.artnet.com/artists/je-baak/biography
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  10. page The Structure Of by Ja Baak edited ... Jeoungeun Lim - Traces of Cube - UV Print, Sandblast, and Mixed Media on Glass and Mirror - Ma…
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    Jeoungeun Lim - Traces of Cube - UV Print, Sandblast, and Mixed Media on Glass and Mirror - March 16, 2005. - Korean Artist - Work Above - Site Link - Image Link - This work was hosted by the same museum for Korean artists. The imagery on the linked site is a pleasure to view, as it lets you zoom in much closer. The work is similar in its play on color and all of the works herein could easily see these works explored in once hall. In addition, as with each work included herein, the artist's work connects to Ja Baak's in that they are both contemporary Korean artists, but also in that they are installations utilizing a modern aesthetic.
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    References
    http://www.artnet.com/artists/je-baak/biography
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