"Bicycle Drawing" by Kentaro Fujioka
2012.09.24 ( mon ) -2012.09.29 ( sat )
- Kentaro Fujioka
- September 27, 6pm - 8pm
hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK is pleased to announce the opening of "Bicycle Drawing" by Japanese artist, Kentaro Fujioka.
Kentaro Fujioka will spend three days in the main gallery to work on his art project, Bicycle Drawing, transforming the gallery floor into a giant canvas. The gallery will be open to view the process. Video recording will be shown during the opening reception.
In Bicycle Drawing, Kentaro Fujioka rides his everyday bicycle directly atop the laid-out surface to create a mark between tire and paper. The quality of lines, which the artist calls Locus of Momentum, is a result of the physics of his movement: gravity, inertia, pressure, friction, and so on. The artist’s sustained movement and balance enables a continuity of lines in the piece. As an enthusiastic bike rider for years, his excellent control makes him aware of subtle nuances in the composition of the drawing, giving him a means of expression in the process, which may otherwise appear spontaneous.
As an artwork, Kentaro Fujioka’s piece is reminiscent of Japanese traditional sumie drawings. Through the use of traditional materials of graphite and charcoal on paper, Kentaro Fujioka’s upbringing in Japanese culture manifests in the artist’s intuitive selection of composition and in the work itself. An important element in Bicycle Drawing—as well as in Japanese traditional art—is to employ a method that allows one chance to create. Such limitation gives tension to the process.
Kentaro Fujioka wouldn’t take this as a limitation; however, he embraces the freedom to use his everyday bicycle as a drawing tool. His simple yet energetic and definitive application of art making is the artist’s expression of his passion for art and life.
Kentaro Fujioka lives and works in Long Island City, NY. He received a Master of Engineering and a Bachelor of Engineering, both in industrial design at Chiba University, Japan. He studied painting and sculpture at the Art Students League of New York, where he was awarded a travel scholarship to study in Europe for seven months. Solo exhibitions include the Nippon Gallery, NY and hpgrp Gallery, NY. Group exhibitions include the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; Illuminated Metropolis Gallery, NY; and Cofaran, Malaga, Spain.