Future Primitive


Future Primitive is my painting series that has been simultaneously developed together with my sculpture series Primitive Future.
This series starts with sketching abandoned objects that I find on the street of Harlem, NY where I’m currently living. Those objects include furniture, baby toys, sports equipment, and daily commodities and they remind me of my hometown, Kochi, a small city in Japan, in the 90’s when Japan’s economy slumped. I was surrounded by many things that look like existing in the gray area between human territory and the surrounding nature, such as ivy covered houses, postponed construction sites, empty lots where people threw trash. In the sketches, I extract elements that look like organic out of the found objects and re-assemble them into plant-like shapes. Unlike sculpture series, drawing allows me to deform the shapes and add colors and textures. When finally painting them on canvas, the objects connote fragments of my memory and suggest an existence beyond time and space.


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24) Untitled, 2018,16x20 inch, oil on canvas
23) Untitled, 2018,16x20 inch, oil on canvas


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23) Future Primitive XII, 2017, 50x50 inch, oil on canvas
21) Future Primitive XI, 2017, 50x50 inch, oil on canvas
20) Future Primitive X, 2017, 44x64 inch, oil on canvas



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19) Future Primitive Shelf II 2017, 54x42 inch, oil on canvas
18) Future Primitive Shelf, 2017, 127x158 cm 50x62 inch, oil on canvas



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17) Future Primitive VIII, 2017, 44x64 inch, oil on canvas
16) Future Primitive IX, 2017, 44x64 inch, oil on canvas


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15) Future Primitive VII, 2017, 48x48 inch, oil on canvas
14) Future Primitive VI, 2017, 48x48 inch, oil on canvas
13) Future Primitive V, 2017, 48x48 inch, oil on canvas


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12) Untitled, 2017, 15x66 inch, oil on canvas



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11) Untitled 110, 2017,16x20 inch, oil on canvas
10) Untitled 109, 2017, 15x66 inch, oil on canvas
9) Untitled 108, 2017, 19x24 inch, oil on canvas

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8) Untitled 100, 2016, 18x50 inch, oil on canvas


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7) Future Primitive IV, 2016, 46x40 inch 116x101 cm, oil on canvas
6) Future Primitive III, 2016, 46x40 inch 116x101 cm, oil on canvas




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5) Untitled, 16 x 20 inch, oil on canvas
4) Untitled, 2015, 51x61 cm 20x24 inch, oil on canvas
3) Untitled, 2015, 51x76 cm 20x30 inch, oil on canvas



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2) Future Primitive II, 2015, 40x40 inch 101x101 cm, oil on canvas
1) Future Primitive I, 2015, 46x40 inch 116x101 cm, oil on canvas