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Hirokazu Fukawa A Thought at the Edge of the Continent: Manchuria to Siberia 1942 - 1947
Excerpt from "Persistence (and deconstruction) of memory": "There is no fully understanding the past. There is no reliving the past, especially not the past of someone else's jumbled memories. History is often a big story told through the prism of ideology. It is contested. What happened? What was it like to experience the occupation, the war, the imprisonment? Fukawa, in narration over the video installation, found that even in traveling to the locations where his father had fought and been detained, he could not feel his father's experience: Click to read more.

Hirokazu Fukawa A Thought at the Edge of the Continent: Manchuria to Siberia 1942 - 1947
Hartford, Connecticut – Real Art Ways presents A Thought at the Edge of the Continent: Manchuria to Siberia 1942 - 1947 by Hirokazu Fukawa. The sculptural exhibition tells the story of Fukawa’s father, trained to be a suicide bomber for Japan in World War II, and explores themes of personal epiphany and the riddle of memory. A Thought at the Edge of the Continent opens on Saturday, February 7, 2009 with a reception at 4 PM. Admission to the opening is free of charge. Click to read more.

Hirokazu Fukawa: Sculpture as Abstract Narrative, by Roberta Lord
In a 1974 essay about female realist painters, critic Linda Nochlin notes that "fear of content... has marked the most extreme phases of the modern movement. Fear of content. How strange and yet true that one of modernism's strictest prohibitions was against any trace of narrative in the visual arts, or as Nochlin describes it, "the production of meaning. Click to read more.

Adrift in the Sea of Tranquility Hirokazu Fukawa is involved in what many contemporary artists would regard as a dangerous experiment. He's making highly formalized fine art about a seeminglyirresolvable problem in his own life.
For years his sculpture has incorporated words and these words have always beenabout isolation and about a desperate desire to communicate. "Your are the first skin around me." "I Want to Feel the Way You Do, All the Time..." " I love you madly." "You are the only real truth I know." "Love me in your full being." "Forgive me/Forget me." In a 1994 installation at Carnegie Mellon University, Fukawa built a stairway and sandblasted into its glass steps the words of Soviet astronaut Aleksei Lenov, who, reflecting on the experience of walking in space, said, "It was a great silence, unlike any I have encountered on Earth, so vast and deep that I began to hear my own body." Click to read more