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.





Future Primitive XIII

2019
48x60 inch
oil on canvas
Future Primitive XIV

2019
50x62 inch
oil on canvas
Untitled

2018
16x20 inch
oil on canvas
Untitled

2018
16x20 inch
oil on canvas

Future Primitive XII

2017
50x50 inch
oil on canvas
Future Primitive XI

2017
50x50 inch
oil on canvas
Future Primitive X

2017
44x64 inch
oil on canvas
Future Primitive Shelf

2017
50x62 inch
oil on canvas

Future Primitive Shelf II

2017
54x42 inch
oil on canvas
Future Primitive VIII

2017
44x64 inch
oil on canvas
Future Primitive IX

2017
44x64 inch
oil on canvas
Future Primitive VII

2017
48x48 inch
oil on canvas
Future Primitive VI

2017
48x48 inch
oil on canvas
Future Primitive V

2017
48x48 inch
oil on canvas

Untitled

2017
15x66 inch
oil on canvas
Untitled

2016
18x50 inch
oil on canvas

Untitled

2017
16x20 inch
oil on canvas
Untitled

2017
16x20 inch
oil on canvas
Untitled

2017
19x24 inch
oil on canvas
Untitled

2015
16x20 inch
oil on canvas
Untitled

2015
20x24 inch
oil on canvas
Untitled

2015
20x30 inch
oil on canvas

Future Primitive IV

2016
46x40 inch
oil on canvas
Future Primitive III

2016
46x40 inch
oil on canvas
Future Primitive II

2015
40x40 inch
oil on canvas
Future Primitive I

2015
46x40 inch
oil on canvas