Tetsuo Fujimoto at the Daiwa Foundation

Work '99 Image courtesy of Wallpaper.com

Tetsuo Fujimoto's "Machine Drawings" were started as a reaction to his frustration with the weaving process. He originally trained and exhibited as a weaver, but sought out a different medium - one which allows for "immediate creative response."

It's still possible to see a weaver's approach in Fujimoto's intricate work. He builds up abstract images out of layers of "embroidery" (zig-zag stitch). Although the threads dash across the surface with a palpable spontaneity, the construction method is thoroughly elaborate. His understanding of the sewing machine's zig-zag function is obviously great, and probably equals any weaver's knowledge of a loom.
I enjoyed his use of color. Many of the pieces are black/white when first viewed, but actually contain underlying streaks of color that can only be seen up close. This structure is reminiscent of natural phenomena such as bright blue sky under passing cloud covers, yellow moss under melting snow packs, or veins of pink crystals in grey granite rocks.

Fujimoto writes, "I have the feeling that I can find repose in a sheet of cloth and the feeling that I can absorb the system of the universe within myself." By being so engaged in each piece, he has found a new visual and structural language under the needle of a sewing machine. I'm not alone in being fascinated by this world - another visitor to the gallery was obviously in the process of making a purchase. Many of the works had already been sold.

Tetsuo Fujimoto "Machine Drawings"
12 November - 17 December 2008 Daiwa Foundation Japan House

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