Silence and Beauty by Makoto Fujimura
3 May — 8 Jun 2016 at the Waterfall Mansion & Gallery in New York City
Makoto Fujimura's latest solo exhibition, "Silence and Beauty" is a deeply resonating and soulful work that is perfectly placed within Waterfall Gallery. Focusing on the silence of suffering, Fujimura employs the ancient Japanese traditional painting style “Nihonga”, with a refreshingly modern approach. Fujimura writes, “I am simply trying to paint, using mostly 17th-century Japanese materials, what cannot be captured in photographs or digital representation”.
Fujimura is one of the leading contemporary artists that deal with intersection of faith and art. His artwork represents a care for the "soul" of culture through beauty and creativity.
About the Exhibition
For the major exhibit of his recent paintings at Waterfall Mansion, Fujimura selected several pieces on which he worked while writing the book, including the new "Silence" and "Silence and Beauty" paintings, as well as "Walking on Water," which he painted in response to the catastrophic tsunami on March 11, 2011 that took many lives in Japan. The "Silence" series is directly influenced by Shusaku Endo's masterpiece, but it is also inspired by the acoustics research done by his father, Osamu Fujimura, one of Bell Labs’ voice- recognition pure research scientists in the ’70s. His father noted, then and now, that gaps in reduced, "segmentalist" data fields miss a great deal of the nuance of human speech. Fujimura applies this observation to visual reality. His works are meant to create a contemplative space for all to ponder how “silence” is depicted visually.
“Silence and Beauty” is organized by Waterfall Mansion and Gallery’s Owner and Founder Kate Shin. The exhibition is currently running until June 8, 2016. The gallery is open to the public every Saturday from noon to 5p and Monday thru Friday by appointment only.
A special thanks to the Brehm Center at Fuller Theological Seminary and Artrue International Co. Ltd. for their involvement and assistance in organizing the exhibit and Archegos Capital and Grace & Mercy for sponsoring the exhibit.