Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Goldfish Salvation - an exhibition by Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori at ICN Gallery

We went to the opening of an excellent exhibition on thursday just been. Riusuke Fukahori's fascination with goldfish is unprecedented. There were goldfish paintings and installation pieces throughout the 2 storied gallery. Upon arrival (and after a number of complimentary Ashai beers) I was convinced that they were actual goldfish set in resin, but it became clear after a while that no fish died in the making of these artworks. Instead, Fukahori painstakingly paints fish detail and then lays down a layer of resin, waits 2 days, and applies another layer of detail painting resulting in a three-dimensional appearance with a feeling of lifelike vitality. The large piece below took a month to complete.

Meeting the artist in front of his feature piece

Here is the video of him working (courtesy of ICN gallery): Artist Riusuke Fukahori's London debut exhibition "Goldfish Salvation" transforms ICN gallery into the world of goldfish. When struggling with artistic vision, Fukahori's pet goldfish became his inspiration and ever since his passion and lifelong theme. His unique style of painting uses acrylic on clear resin which is poured into containers, resulting in a three-dimensional appearance and lifelike vitality. Check the link below:

 Detail (click to enlarge)

Get down there if you can - it's fantastic. The exhibition runs to 11 Jan 2012 at ICN gallery, 96-98 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH. 

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