I have the privilege of working with Makoto Fujimura at International Arts Movement. Recently, Mako had an exhibition, "Charis," at Dillon Gallery in Chelsea (Manhattan). Below is something I wrote the morning after the exhibit's opening, when I went back alone.
The exhibit ended on August 3. However, Mako's work is always on display at Dillon, so if you are in NYC, be sure to make time to visit the gallery.
Sitting on a split wooden bench, facing one of three monumental gold compositions in Makoto Fujimura's current "Charis" exhibit at Dillon Gallery, I am finally able to actually spend time with the work. This, I realize, is the only way to see a Makoto Fujimura painting. I was at the opening reception last night, but as I sit here now, it occurs to me that I did not see any of the paintings at that time, because it is impossible to "see" a Makoto Fujimura painting in a room full of people and noise and wine. Last night the room was buzzing with Fujimura friends and aficionados, merlot in one hand, CV in the other. The reception was about celebrating the show itself, and the man who created it – and even the gallery exhibiting it. But to truly see the work, one must come, as I am now, alone.