Takefumi Hori’s latest collection, ‘Enjuku,’ is a welcome addition to the emerging gallery, Fiumano Clase. An understated, warehouse-turned-gallery directed by Andrés Clase and Francesca Fiumano, the space is intended to encourage ‘best ideas, techniques and practice,’ which makes the decision to exhibit Hori’s third UK solo exhibition particularly apt.
With a keen interest in the contemporary Japanese art scene, the team at Japan Nakama was grateful to have been invited to private viewing of the collection and for the opportunity to meet New York-based artist, Hori, himself.
“‘Enjuku’ is often used to describe an individual who has reached a creative milestone, something Hori feels has been achieved through his latest work. “
Hori’s experimentation with gold and silver leaf makes an instant impression both visually and conceptually. It reflects, as sign-posted by the collection’s title ‘Enjuku,’ (which translated to mean maturity, perfection, and ripeness), the artist’s desire to refine his practice through his choice of material and considered use of symbolism.
‘Enjuku’ is often used to describe an individual who has reached a creative milestone, something Hori feels has been achieved through his latest work.
This, according to Hori, is made particularly evident through the use of circles within the collection. In addition to reflecting his earlier collections, the use of circles is a deliberate gesture at the significance of circles within Japanese culture. Characteristically, the depiction of circles, or ensō, is a disciplined creative practice that symbolises enlightenment and strength. Hori’s decision to include the form within a collection that focuses on maturity and refinement demonstrates his appreciation for this symbol and its poignancy for him, personally.
In fact, Hori suggests that contrast in his experience of living in New York and Japan is a theme consistent throughout the collection. This is most evident through the juxtaposition of highly polished one-tone acrylic (representing Hori’s interpretation of New York) with more textured sections, where obscured layers of colour and material create greater depth (Hori’s depiction of Japan).
The use of metallics and (generally) neutral tones gives the collection a strikingly calm feel, which aligns with the importance Hori places on finding peace in life. Despite life in bustling New York, he still holds to this ideal instilled through his Japanese background.
As an experience, Hori’s collection is both visually appealing and thought-provoking and encourages an audience to consider balance in their own life. If you’d like to see the collection, it can be found from 18th April to 26th May 2018 at Fiumano Clase, Unit 12, 21 Wren Street, London WC1X 0HF.