Tuesday, June 16, 2009

kenji fujita

systematic gaiety (1), fractured fairy tales (2-4), rock paper scissors (5)
I make sculpture and works on paper that relate to the terms “abstraction as process” and “truth to materials”, but these terms only tell part of the story. Working with wood, cardboard, plaster cloth, felt, aqua-resin, paint and objects, my process follows no predictable sequence. Work gets made and discarded. Cast-off material litters the studio floor. Accumulations of neglected objects pile into corners. The promise that abstraction can transform has yielded to a sense of disappointment expressed by the cast-off. The paradox, however, is that this disappointment is a fiction. It’s a narrative that allows me to return to something that I have abandoned in order to see beauty in the accidental. It’s a process of making and forgetting that is something that I have to go through over and over again so I can revisit the familiar as something strange and new.
trash...i love it...see more here.


  1. I'm really captivated by the third piece- the soft bumpy texture of white "negative" space, with bits of fabric instead of paint.

    We're seeing a lot of work lately which has a sense of fleeting materiality- work made from found objects, litter, and the like which costs the artist nothing; work that has a finite "shelf" life. I can't help but conclude that this is due in part to reasons of economics and an increasing awareness of the impact our consumerist society has on the environment.

    Fujita's work is beautiful, raw, contemplative and, I think, powerful.

  2. yes, a lot of work is being made with these materials and i think you're right about the reason. personally, i'm very interested in this concept and continually seek artists who work with these ideas and materials and do it well. i hope to find many more.