Riusuke Fukahori, the Japanese artist continued to amaze us with his second solo show – Goldfish Salvation in Joshua Liner Gallery. In this collection, Fukahori will present a new series of his popular resin works, acrylic on wood pieces, and his first video work. In his show statement, he explains how these creatures came to inspire him “In the aquarium, similar to human society, there is a story of birth and death. As long as they live, these goldfish will continue to soil the fish tank, and if not changed, the water will only get tainted leading to death for all the goldfish. This is quite true for the human species as well… The goldfish that I paint are not really goldfish, but representations of people. I feel as though the fish tank is only foretelling what would happen to the earth in the future. We as human beings are the main source polluting our own air we breathe.”
Riusuke Fukahori’s “Goldfish Salvation” will be on view at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York from November 19th through December 19th, 2015.
It has been almost two years since we first featured 3D goldfish painting work by Riusuke Fukahori. There are many other artists using the same resin painting techniques emerged after but you still can easily tell which ones are Fukahori’s just by looking at the container. Each of his fish works are found inside common Japanese household items like bowls and buckets. Of course, container isn’t the only thing to differentiate Fukahori and other artists’ work. Artist’s innate fascination with those swimming creatures make him spend tons of time studying, watching, and understanding their movements in pursuit of recreating them as highly-realistic, near sculptural depictions.
When you see those goldfish pictures, the first impression might be… yeah, there are some photos of goldfish. But how about I tell you these goldfishes aren’t real? They are just 3D paintings created by Riusuke Fukahori via using a complex process of poured resin. The fish are painted meticulously, layer by layer, the sandwiched slices revealing slightly more about each creature, similar to the function of a 3D printer. We have no idea of how long it takes Riusuke Fukahori to draw one fish. However, it must be a painstaking process that results in something that’s both a painting and sculptural. Really like the rich depth of the pieces and the optical illusion aspect. Such stunning and incredible work! [source]