Out of my last set of photos from the ICN Gallery on Leonard Street, the most inquired about was the goldfish piece by Riusuke Fukahori. I held back on sharing too much because I knew he had a solo-show coming up in the same gallery and I had been eagerly awaiting it ever since. Now I can finally show you some more pictures of his staggering creations from the Goldfish Salvation opening last night.
Some things seen with your own eyes are still hard to believe. Unbelievably, these are flat paintings of goldfish suspended under layers of totally clear resin. New goldfish are painted directly onto new layers of resin and as the poured layers build up, the effect of depth become greater and greater. I really think that something of this precision, skill and extreme patience can only be made in Japan. I was in awe of every single piece and we are going back tomorrow, hopefully to catch a live-painting performance.
Oh, and you should watch the video of Fukahori-san painting in his workshop here. Seeing is believing….