Primitive Future



Primitive Future is my sculpture series which is cohesively developed together with my painting series Future Primitive. These sculptures are created by assembling together abandoned objects that I found in Harlem, NY, where Iím currently living. I see those found objects as fragments of the local culture that have been exposed to weathering and have lost their original functions. My aim was to create plant-like shapes by extracting elements, that look organic, out of them and re-assembling them. Then, by presenting them as a group of sculptures, I attempt to create a space in which we canít recognize a clear borderline between human made and nature.

The idea for these sculptures came from my experience of growing up in my hometown, a suburb in the small city Kochi, Japan, in the 90ís when the Japanese economy collapsed. Many local businesses were closed and empty houses and vacant lots were popping up. I was surrounded by many things that seemed to be melting into the surrounding nature, such as abandoned cars, rusty playground equipment and postponed construction sites. They looked like fusions between human activity and the surrounding nature. Both Future Primitive and Primitive Future aim at recreating this environment that gives us difficulty in drawing boundaries between human territory and the surrounding nature.




Primitive Future I

2017
16x8x8 inch
mixed media
Primitive Future II

2017
47x8x7 inch
mixed media
Primitive Future III

2017
29x7x8 inch
mixed media










Primitive Future IV

2017
32x20x25 inch
mixed media
Primitive Future V

2017
16x8x13 inch
mixed media
Primitive Future VI

2017
42x11x2 inch
mixed media
















Primitive Future VII

2017
63x11x11 inch
mixed media
Primitive Future VIII

2017
47x11x7 inch
mixed media
Primitive Future IX

2017
57x24x24 inch
mixed media