My biggest beef with Japanese art and design is that it often falls short in terms of meaningfulness. Many Japanese artists go for the low hanging fruit and create work that is limited to looking cool or being trendy. When Japanese get it right though, they create some of the most amazing pieces, especially in terms of contemporary art. I was lucky enough to find one such artist perusing the interwebs, Riusuke Fukahori.
Fukahori credits his work to his pet goldfish, which inspired him to get past an artist’s block. 11 years later, goldfish still inspire him. His process involves using acrylic paint on clear layers of resin. The end result is a magical still life of goldfish that put viewers in Fukahori’s mind 11 years ago when he looked over、 saw his pet goldfish and found inspiration.
Check out his show, “Goldfish Salvation,” at the ICN Gallery in London. Or if you’re fiending for more Japanese contemporary art, I highly recommend the 21st Century Contemporary Art Museum, Kanazawa.
[via Huffington Post]