Fujimura Studio announces:
Charis Exhibit to open at Dillon Gallery in New York (555.W.25th Street, between 10th and 11th Ave.) July 2nd (opening from 6-8:30pm) to August 2nd (closed on Mondays). Charis exhibit is comprised of three large gold paintings that Makoto Fujimura has completed in the last decade in New York. Here's a note Makoto wrote about the exhibit.
I began to use gold, in the leaf form as well as in the powder form, very early on in my studies of Nihonga (literally "Japan-painting"). I was taught as a student that I must use the best materials in order to truly get to know the ancient craft. So, despite the cost involved, my MFA thesis painting used the best gold and minerals that I could purchase. I wrote in River Grace about the experience of encountering the extravagance of beauty leading to a profound wrestling of faith and art. The three major pieces that I've done in the last ten years in New York reveal the consistency (or stubbornness) of my insistence on continuing to use these materials, but with diverse results.