Which One Is The REAL Goldfish?
Not easy, is it?
Okay, I’ll give you a hint: this one doesn’t need to be fed.
The lovely specimen in the wooden saké box is a painting of a goldfish. Actually, it’s about a gazillion paintings of a goldfish. Artist Riusuke Fukahori builds these 3-D wonders by pouring a thin layer of clear resin, painting a slice of goldfish, pouring another layer of resin, painting the next layer, rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat…
Yeah. I know. How does he even know what part of the fish/pond weed/bug leg/fish poop is in that exact deepness of the water?
I just. Can’t. Even.
If you don’t believe that those utterly real-looking fish are built up from flat slices, check this out: from the top, this looks like a bag full of fish. From the side, the water looks empty!
You can see these for yourself if you scamper over to Yokohama before next Monday (the exhibition at the Sky Building ends on Sunday the 28th), but if you’re geographically challenged, here’s a peek at the amazing eye candy on display:
The exhibition entrance features Fukahori’s most recent works – larger-than-life goldfish, painted with an enormous brush
And this achingly lovely piece, a paper parasol upended and filled with rain.
Don’t you kind of wonder how he managed to paint all those goldfish BETWEEN THE RIBS?
There was also this new piece – a goldfish lurking in an artfully gouged-out plank
Of course there are some of his famous sake boxes filled with goldfish & hyper-realistic pond weed…
…and fallen petals
As well as whole miniature worlds in broken dishes…
…complete with beautifully crafted 3-D fish poop
I’m especially fond of these little medaka (a perennial favorite of haiku poets, when they need a metaphor for “summertime, in spades”)
…but I think this one is my most favorite of all
If you’d like to see more art by Riusuke Fukahori, there are more lovely pictures here. If you’d like to see this exhibit in person, it’s FREE, and open through Sunday August 28, 2016, on the 10th floor of the Sky Building (スカイビル）right near Yokohama Station. Weekdays it’s open from 10:00 – 21:00, weekends 10:00 – 23:00.
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