Perfect Cherry Blossom presents a unique and long-awaited collaboration between Los Angeles–based artist Oliver Payne (b. 1977, London) and Japanese leading postwar pop artist Keiichi Tanaami (b. 1936, Tokyo). For this oversize zine-like publication, Payne has reworked original drawings by Tanaami adding stickers featuring motifs and images from vintage violent Japanese arcade “bullet hell” games. Unlike most popular game genres that borrow from cinema and pop culture, these games are self-enclosed worlds concerned exclusively with their own complicated systems and rules. For legions of gamers, this beautiful, chaotic and psychedelic subgenre of “shoot ’em ups” is a cult classic in the world of hardcore arcade shooter games. For Payne, the driving force in these games are patterns of movement and behaviors that are mesmerizing in their complexity. This artists’ book also features an interview with Payne and Tanaami by Fredi Fischli and Niels Oslen discussing the origins of their collaboration.
11 ¼ x 15 in. / 80 pp / 29 color