Why is Superstroke sometimes considered as being the opposite of Superflat art?


It is the 21st century and the art world has changed in a big way. A lot of people say that art is dead, everything in art has been done. Then in the beginning of the 21st century there emerged out of Japan of all places an art movement called Superflat. The leader of this art movement is considered by many as one of the top artists in the world and his name is Takashi Murakami. Murakami started a revolution and redefined what people previously would have called Japanese Pop art. Superflat is now everywhere and is also the most important 21st century art movement in the world.

When the manifesto for the Superstroke art movement was written in 2008 by Conrad Botha, nobody really took notice, but those who did really liked it a lot. A lot of artists joined but not everyone could execute the paintings according to the manifesto of the Superstroke Art Movement. One particular artist that joined, accused the Superstroke Art Movement of being nothing else than a modern version of American Abstract Expressionism. But as time passed the original philosophy of Superstroke being the opposite of Superflat grew.

The reason for the evolution of both Superstroke and Superflat are rooted in the basic manifestos and ideas of the two art movements. Superflat according to some could refer to the flatness of Nagasaki and Hiroshimo after World War 2 (Overthinking Superflat). Superstroke on the other hand concentrated on the contemporary history of the African continent, and produced paintings specifically dealing with the event some called the Second Congo War. This is the deadliest conflict since World War 2, and there is nothing in recent history that can even compare with the loss of life and violence that occurred in this war torn country.

The differences and similarities between the two art movements do not necessarily end there. Where the art in Superflat is smooth, precise and polished, the art in Superstroke focus on blur, violent and expressive brush strokes and in some cases texture.

So to be the opposite of Superflat was the intention of The Superstroke Art Movement from the beginning, and it would be interesting to see where it ends.






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