Naoki Fuku is a Japanese artist who was born in Tokyo. He moved to London where he started to focus on his artistic career. Nowadays he is residing and working in Germany & Switzerland.
His work consists of object works, paintings & installations and often takes a mixed view on social, political and cultural issues in both systematic as well as poetic ways, inviting the viewer to move into a space of speculation. The media coverage of world affairs is one of his main sources of inspiration, while the feeling of modernity is hidden in most of his works. His object works are placed in the canon of the western culture, attempting to make visible what might be overlooked in today's modern life.
The artist's work has been exhibited at galleries, museums and alternative venues in Japan, USA, Switzerland, Germany, England, France, Austria, Brazil, the Netherlands, Spain and Russia.
Naoki Fuku's oeuvre is a critical approach to the controversy of the human existence. It questions the social and political situation of the individual in its original cultural environment. It is all about existence and ways of coping with it or getting around it. His two new work series Babel in my Mind und Study of Human Mind play with the concept of identity. On the one hand they make identification difficult if not altogether impossible and on the other hand they manage to give a striking picture of a complex inner world.
One could look upon people's identity as a multitude of layers. Knowing all the layers, however, does not necessarily mean to really grasp the identity behind them. The artist is playing with these layers he is putting them on top of each other in a constant process of hiding them. A human being's identity can be explained as a multitude of layers but also as a conglomerate of characteristics. Hiding those characteristics means taking off facets and showing another existence. The works seem to be variations of one and the same man showing a multitude of personalities and characteristics. Thus this variety helps the viewer to see traits of the person behind them. It culminates in a game about how much the artist has changed what the viewer is looking at. The artist is playing with the viewer’s perception and expectation while showing a remarkable array of identities. Fuku creates new identities and shows the inner life of the resulting characters while playing with the layers which are quasi wrapped around it to represent inner horrors and convulsions in a very expressionistic way.
"Art Market Budapest" live painting, Budapest, Hungary
"the Gabriente Art", Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain
"SideEffects3", independent art show during Art Basel, Basel, CH
"Lö-We Kultural Nacht", Keiswerk, Weil Am Rhein, Germany
"Naoki-Van Gogh Journey to Japan", PhotoSai, Madrid, Spain
"Art For Refugees", CloudSpace, Amsterdam, Netherlands
"Urals Transcendental", The 6th Moscow Biennale, Artplay, Moscow, Russia
"Reverse Point Asia", The 6th Moscow Biennale, Moscow Tsaritsyno Museum, Moscow, Russia
"Open Studio Madrid 2015", Madrid, Spain
"SideEffects2", independent art show during Art Basel, Basel, CH
"study of human mind", Galerie LOKAAL 15, Amsterdam, Netherlands
"Hope & Basel Wish tree", Launch Lab, Basel, CH
"Shared Solo with Bruno Streich", A B Contemporary Gallery Zurich, CH
"Confession Session", with dr kuckkucks labrador, Kasko Basel, Basel, CH
"Air 9", the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, Netherlands
"Loading 33.3333%...Artachment room", by tales, Basel, CH
"Cooperation Territory", 16th Line Gallery, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
"Experiment", Graz University Museum, Graz, Austria
"Group show", A B Contemporary Gallery, Zürich, CH
"SLICK Paris", A B Contemporary Gallery, Paris, France
"SCOPE Basel", A B Contemporary Gallery, Basel, CH
"Art Bodensee 13", A B Contemporary Gallery, Bregenz, Austria
"Group show", A B Contemporary Gallery, Zürich, CH
"Badische Zeitung Ausstellung", Volksbank Gallery, Loerrach, Germany
"Kunst in Szene", Loeba Gallery, Loerrach, Germany
"foto foire 1", Galeria Lourdina Jean Labieh, Sao Paulo, Brasil
"CAMPBASEL 2012", Cirquit NT, Basel, CH
"Cutlog Paris", A B Contemporary Gallery, Paris, France
"Art Bodensee 12", A B Contemporary Gallery, Bregenz, Austria
"Portraiture unravelled", The Lloyd Gill Gallery, Somerset, England
Media / Publications
Cobosocial "Naoki Fuku and the Controversy of the Human Existance", Hong Kong 2016.
Catalogue of "Reverse point Asia", Moscow 2016.
Catalogue of "The forgotten war", Moscow 2015.
Russian national TV, 'Comments to the War', Russia, Nov. 2014.
Sveriges Radio, "Bortglömt krig i konstutställning i Moskva", Sweden, Dec 11 2014.
Russian national TV (Russiya1 & Rostov TV), 'Hope is always a good thing', Russia, Aug. 2013.
Badische Zeitung, 'Verantwortung für die Gemeinschaft', Germany, Oct. 2013.
Badische Zeitung, 'Ein spannendes Gesamtkunstwerk', Germany, June 2013.
Badische Zeitung, 'Wie Gedichte ohne Worte', Germany, Nov. 6 2012.
Saatchi Gallery, 'Saatchi online top 10 paintings', Rebecca Willson, London, UK, April 2011.
Curatorial / Art Projects
"Confession Session" with dr kuckkucks labrador, Kasko Basel, Basel, Switzerland 2013.
"Sichtbar in Erinnerung" (Architectural design competition) by MyHappyEnd Zurich, (Finalist).
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