Yutaka Fujimori

Saitama, Japan

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The theme of my art is a soft-landing of Japan’s mystique on New York culture by merging kanji, which are Chinese characters used in Japanese writing, into highly abstracted tags seen in street art. Historically, Japanese culture has contained many things that could be best described as mysterious, which defy rational explanations even by the natives. For example, the combined use of three writing systems, as well as polytheistic religious cultures. The elements of mystery are found in contemporary Japan as well. Japan’s readiness in accepting diversity of religions and cuisines from around the world, for instance, which can be attributed to the fact that people are traditionally accustomed to living with mixed existences as in polytheism. Exporting the contemporary culture alone will not get the full picture of this mystique across to the outside world. That is why I incorporate kanji, which is over a thousand years old, into my art to introduce the viewers to Japan’s non-rational and mysterious culture and spirit. Eventually, I hope to merge it with New York culture. In street art, alphabets are painted in such abstract forms that they are hardly legible. In fact, they are often more pictures than letters. The point here is to stamp an image on the viewer’s mind. It is to be seen rather than read. Letter abstractions are also seen in Japanese calligraphy. I believe that such abstractions are universally embraced because the visual and artistic nature of writing symbols is recognized. I certainly recognize the visual, mysterious, and artistic nature of kanji. By fusing kanji with the stamping effect of ornate street art writing, I aim to soft-land the mystique of Japan in cultures where Chinese characters are not used.
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ag_artist_statement : The theme of my art is a soft-landing of the Japan’s mystique on the New York culture by merging kanji (Chinese characters used in Japanese writing) into highly abstracted tags seen in street art. Historically, the Japanese culture contained many things that could be best described as mysterious, which defy rational explanations even by the natives. For example, there is the combined use of three writing systems—hiragana (alphabets), katakana (an alternative set of alphabets) and kanji. The polytheistic religion, Shinto is another example. The elements of mystery are found in contemporary Japan as well. Japan’s readiness in accepting diversity of religions and cuisines from around the world, for instance, may be attributed to the fact that the people are traditionally accustomed to living with mixed existences as in the polytheism. In any case, exporting the contemporary culture alone will not get the full picture of this mystique across to the outside world. That is why I incorporate kanji that is older than one thousand years in my art to introduce the viewers to Japan’s non-rational, and therefore mysterious culture and its spirit. Eventually, I hope to merge it with the New York culture. In street art, alphabets are painted in such abstract forms that they are hardly legible. In fact, they are often more pictures than letters. The point here is to stamp the image on the viewer’s mind. It is to be seen rather than read. Letter abstractions are also seen in Japanese calligraphy. I believe that such abstractions are universally embraced because the visual and artistic nature of writing symbols is recognized. I certainly recognize the visual, mysterious and artistic nature of kanji. By fusing kanji with the stamping effect of ornate street art writing, I aim to soft-land the mystique of Japan on the cultures where Chinese characters are not used.
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ag_awards : Awards 2017 Ikebukuro Art Gathering Exhibition, Tokyo, JAPAN 2016 Share Art Award Exhibition, Aka Renga, Kanagawa, JAPAN
ag_exhibitions : Group Exhibitions 2019 Artexpo New York, New York , USA 2018 Jadite Gallerys Exhibition, New York,USA 2017 Independent TOKYO Exhibition, Tokyo,JAPAN
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Through bold and graphic marks, Japanese artist Yutaka Fujimori uses techniques of typography and graphic design to manipulate visual forms of communication. Often illegible, the text is compositionally inspired by the distinct shapes used in Japanese text, in particular Kanji characters (Chinese characters used in Japanese writing). In elementary school, Fujimori became inspired by the graphic approaches of Yoshida Sensha manga and the inclusion of undecipherable characters. As an alumnus of Kuwasawa Design College in Tokyo, the artist explores the boundaries of abstracting text which he observes in aging advertisements and the perpetual layering of street media.

With acrylic paint and ink on canvas, Fujimori creates fictional characters and mixes them with actual Japanese textual characters to create a recognizable but undecipherable message. He considers themes such as access to education, poverty, and the coexistence of cultures while painting. The artist began identifying abstract qualities and stylistic choices in Japanese calligraphy and expanded upon the embellishments to text using a distinct aesthetic style. His paintings are meant to express the unknown or mystery, a characteristic that Fujimori identifies as key to how contemporary Japanese culture should be understood.


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