Changing Sea

Studio Yumiko Furukawa
Online Exhibition

VIEW EXHIBITION Exhibition now open 11 March 2021
— 11 May 2021

STUDIO YUMIKO FURUKAWA

Yumiko Furukawa (born in 1975 in Fukushima, Japan) is a Japanese contemporary artist, painter, and sculptor based in Guam and Tokyo.

Her drawings, paintings, sculptural installations, and performances serve as a bridge between literature and visual arts in order to question the ways in which language shapes knowledge by recasting narratives in a non-linguistic medium.

Fashioned from pencil, paper, watercolor, oil painting, wood, clay, fabric, and spray coating, her artworks combine opposing sensual qualities: black and white; hard and soft; opaque and colorfully translucent; geometric and organic; intimate and generic.

Such opposing yet accommodating materials that Furukawa employs are formulated into her rich visual tonality and imagery, whether it be novels, folk tales, poems, works of art criticism, exhibitions, or personal conversations.

Our emotions and fantasies become our stories and artworks

Looking at art and being motivated; reading a novel and marveling in wonder. Experiences like these are what give birth to new stories and art in my life.

For instance, tasting a delectable course meal that a chef has prepared at the Modern at MoMA might inspire a lover to muster up the courage to propose to his girlfriend. You might go see a New Year’s Eve concert by the New York Philharmonic with a friend and end up passionately talking about dreams for the next year, all because of the brilliant performance. Walt Whitman’s beautiful poems might make you want to call your family. These seemingly small occurrences create waves of inspiration and sensation that generate ideas for my artwork and give me strength to go on. I think this can be said for everyone who lives in this world.

My métier is to turn sources of inspiration such as novels, prose, poems, art critiques, art exhibitions, fairy tales, folklore, and even simple conversations with others into visible form using words, paintings, sculptures, and installations.

Every one of us plays a role in changing the world, whether it be a lead or a supporting one. Living side by side with art, I always feel that we are all main characters in our life stories. At the same time, we are also supporting characters that help and give courage to others in their life stories. Within such interweaving tales in this world, we are constantly inspiring each other and creating art.

Our potential is the world’s possibilities. What I mean by that is our happiness, joy, sadness, and anger are what move us and urge us to create something new. The potential we have in such a moment becomes the possibilities of the world. I believe that assembling our potential magnifies the potential of humankind. That is why I continue to create because I wish for our potential to become the world’s promises.

Yumiko Furukawa

Our emotions and fantasies become our stories and artworks

Looking at art and being motivated; reading a novel and marveling in wonder. Experiences like these are what give birth to new stories and art in my life.

For instance, tasting a delectable course meal that a chef has prepared at the Modern at MoMA might inspire a lover to muster up the courage to propose to his girlfriend. You might go see a New Year’s Eve concert by the New York Philharmonic with a friend and end up passionately talking about dreams for the next year, all because of the brilliant performance. Walt Whitman’s beautiful poems might make you want to call your family. These seemingly small occurrences create waves of inspiration and sensation that generate ideas for my artwork and give me strength to go on. I think this can be said for everyone who lives in this world.

My métier is to turn sources of inspiration such as novels, prose, poems, art critiques, art exhibitions, fairy tales, folklore, and even simple conversations with others into visible form using words, paintings, sculptures, and installations.

Every one of us plays a role in changing the world, whether it be a lead or a supporting one. Living side by side with art, I always feel that we are all main characters in our life stories. At the same time, we are also supporting characters that help and give courage to others in their life stories. Within such interweaving tales in this world, we are constantly inspiring each other and creating art.

Our potential is the world’s possibilities. What I mean by that is our happiness, joy, sadness, and anger are what move us and urge us to create something new. The potential we have in such a moment becomes the possibilities of the world. I believe that assembling our potential magnifies the potential of humankind. That is why I continue to create because I wish for our potential to become the world’s promises.

Yumiko Furukawa

Recent Works

These works, created after 2011, were inspired by the aftermath of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi meltdown. At the time, Furukawa was pregnant, and was frequently traveling between Tokyo and her hometown of Fukushima by bullet train.

Furukawa created a new artwork titled Changing Sea after moving to Guam in 2019. She has respect and gratitude for the nature of the Pacific Ocean, and expresses her repentance for the harm human beings inflicted on the marine world through her work.

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2019

Tokyo Independent 2019 | Chinretsukan Gallery, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Art, Tokyo | April 18 – May 5, 2019

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2018

Zeno Woman | Fukushima Biennale 2018 | Adachigahara Furusato Mura, Nihonmatsu-city, Fukushima, Japan | October 13 – November 4, 2018

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2017

Through the Glass | The Project “Glass Futuristic History”, AGC Asahi Glass Company x Tokyo University of the Arts | Tokyo University of the Arts Yuga Gallery, Tokyo | May 15 – 20, 2017

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2015

Hai Kaburi | OZASAHAYASHI Kyoto, Kyoto | September 19 – October 24, 2015

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2015

Mishima Waraku: Harmonious Three Islands | Workshop View | Morinohakobune Art Project | IORI Club, Mishima city, Oonuma, Fukushima October 5, November 10, 2014 January 25, 2015

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2014

Hannah's Garden | Folly Trial | Asakusa Culture Tourist Center, Tokyo | November 13 − 24, 2014

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2014

World of Resonance | Collection Cooking: Looking Near/Thinking Far - Dialogue and Creation | Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukushima city, Fukushima | July 19 − September 15, 2014

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2013

Spuyten Duyvil | hpgrp Gallery New York, New York | August 15 − 24, 2013

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2013

Chobozekka: The sole place where you can see matchless views | Setouchi Art Triennale 2013, Shodoshima, Kagawa, Japan | March 20 – April 21, Summer: July 20 – September 1, October 5 – November 4, 2013

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2011

Asaja: Snake Morning Tea | Aizu Urushi Art festival 2011: Yell to Tohoku | Restaurant Tsuki to Ohisama, Kitakata, Fukushima, Japan | October 1 – November 3, 2011

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2010

Art Reviews Drawings | Studio Yumiko Furukawa, New York | May 8 − 10, 2010

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2009

QUOTATION | ISE Cultural Foundation, New York | January 7 – February 20, 2009

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2007

May | International Studio and Curatorial Program | New York | May 4 − 7, 2007

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2006

FLICKER | Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, Japan | December 22 − January 26, 2006

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2006

The Rules | Roentgenwerke AG, Tokyo, Japan | October 6 – 28, 2006

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2005

Tent for Poet | Japan, Scotland, Taiwan and Portugal represented in Group Show at Location One | Location One, New York | June 4 − July 30, 2005

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2003

Awafuku and Komefuku: Cinderella Story in Tokamachi City | Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003 | Nurigi Butsudan Shop, Tokamachi, Niigata, Japan | July 20 – September 7, 2003

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2001

Titanic Daisy | Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, Japan | May 29 – June 22, 2001

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2000

Reading Book Series | room, Gentilly, France | October 28 – December 4, 2000

Recent Works

These works, created after 2011, were inspired by the aftermath of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi meltdown. At the time, Furukawa was pregnant, and was frequently traveling between Tokyo and her hometown of Fukushima by bullet train.

Furukawa created a new artwork titled Changing Sea after moving to Guam in 2019. She has respect and gratitude for the nature of the Pacific Ocean, and expresses her repentance for the harm human beings inflicted on the marine world through her work.

2021-03-02T01:34:34+09:00

2019

Tokyo Independent 2019 | Chinretsukan Gallery, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Art, Tokyo | April 18 – May 5, 2019

2021-03-02T00:52:31+09:00

2018

Zeno Woman | Fukushima Biennale 2018 | Adachigahara Furusato Mura, Nihonmatsu-city, Fukushima, Japan | October 13 – November 4, 2018

2021-03-02T11:06:15+09:00

2017

Through the Glass | The Project “Glass Futuristic History”, AGC Asahi Glass Company x Tokyo University of the Arts | Tokyo University of the Arts Yuga Gallery, Tokyo | May 15 – 20, 2017

2021-03-02T01:00:11+09:00

2015

Hai Kaburi | OZASAHAYASHI Kyoto, Kyoto | September 19 – October 24, 2015

2021-03-03T04:57:16+09:00

2015

Mishima Waraku: Harmonious Three Islands | Workshop View | Morinohakobune Art Project | IORI Club, Mishima city, Oonuma, Fukushima October 5, November 10, 2014 January 25, 2015

2021-03-03T04:34:37+09:00

2014

Hannah's Garden | Folly Trial | Asakusa Culture Tourist Center, Tokyo | November 13 − 24, 2014

2021-03-02T11:12:43+09:00

2014

World of Resonance | Collection Cooking: Looking Near/Thinking Far - Dialogue and Creation | Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukushima city, Fukushima | July 19 − September 15, 2014

2021-02-27T09:39:37+09:00

2013

Spuyten Duyvil | hpgrp Gallery New York, New York | August 15 − 24, 2013

2021-03-02T01:10:46+09:00

2013

Chobozekka: The sole place where you can see matchless views | Setouchi Art Triennale 2013, Shodoshima, Kagawa, Japan | March 20 – April 21, Summer: July 20 – September 1, October 5 – November 4, 2013

2021-03-03T04:58:09+09:00

2011

Asaja: Snake Morning Tea | Aizu Urushi Art festival 2011: Yell to Tohoku | Restaurant Tsuki to Ohisama, Kitakata, Fukushima, Japan | October 1 – November 3, 2011

2021-03-02T01:15:35+09:00

2010

Art Reviews Drawings | Studio Yumiko Furukawa, New York | May 8 − 10, 2010

2021-03-02T01:16:43+09:00

2009

QUOTATION | ISE Cultural Foundation, New York | January 7 – February 20, 2009

2021-03-02T01:17:41+09:00

2007

May | International Studio and Curatorial Program | New York | May 4 − 7, 2007

2021-03-02T01:19:37+09:00

2006

The Rules | Roentgenwerke AG, Tokyo, Japan | October 6 – 28, 2006

2021-02-27T04:44:04+09:00

2005

Tent for Poet | Japan, Scotland, Taiwan and Portugal represented in Group Show at Location One | Location One, New York | June 4 − July 30, 2005

2021-03-03T04:26:14+09:00

2003

Awafuku and Komefuku: Cinderella Story in Tokamachi City | Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003 | Nurigi Butsudan Shop, Tokamachi, Niigata, Japan | July 20 – September 7, 2003

2021-03-02T01:30:29+09:00

2000

Reading Book Series | room, Gentilly, France | October 28 – December 4, 2000

Contact

“Another work embodies the sea along the coast of Fukushima, which was hardened and sealed off with polyester.

It contains something that our eyes can’t see. Founded on the anger and despair of nothing being solved, Furukawa’s works continue to give silent screams.”

Hiroshi Senju (Artist)

“Another work embodies the sea along the coast of Fukushima, which was hardened and sealed off with polyester. It contains something that our eyes can’t see. Founded on the anger and despair of nothing being solved, Furukawa’s works continue to give silent screams.”

Hiroshi Senju (Artist)

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Website Renewal

We launched a new website, which features separate pages in Japanese and English, a richer archive of past works, and improved designs and images in order to provide a better introduction to Furukawa’s past and present artistic endeavors.

News and announcements

News and announcements from Yumiko Furukawa.

Website Renewal

We launched a new website, which features separate pages in Japanese and English, a richer archive of past works, and improved designs and images in order to provide a better introduction to Furukawa’s past and present artistic endeavors.