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Hirofumi Fujiwara

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*1984 Hiroshima, Japan
2003–2009 Okayama Prefectural University
2010–2017 Kunstakademie Karlsruhe, master student Prof. Stephan Balkenhol
   
  Lives and works in Hamburg

Grants / Scholarships

2018 Winner of Audience Award, Phönix Kunstpreis 2018

Solo exhibitions

2022 Edge of Fantasies, Galerie Burster, Berlin
  Projektraum Werkstatt Weinheim, Weinheim
2021 Erde Wind, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
  Dreams of the Future, Majolika Manufaktur, Karlsruhe
2020 You‘re My Utopia, Kunstverein Der Stadt Glauchau, Glauchau
2019 Die Gefärbte Wahrnehmung, Inge Jakobsen & Hirofumi Fujiwara , Galerie Filser & Gräf, München
2018 Utopians & Playgrounds, Galerie Burster, Berlin
2017 Utopia, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
2015 Watchlist II/2015, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
2014 Breaking The Spell, Galerie Helga Maria Bischoff, Berlin
2012 Making Up The Past, Galerie Helga Maria Bischoff, Berlin
2011 Hirofumi Fujiwara Solo Exhibition, Cifaca Gallery, Okayama-Shi, Japan
  Art Now Okayama, Nagi Museum Of Contemporary Art, Nagi-Tyo, Japan
2010 Art Now Okayama, Takahashi Museum, Takahashi-Shi, Japan

Group exhibitions

2023 ON AIR, Schloss Düneck currated by Evelyn Drewes | Galerie und Jan Kage, Moorrege
  OOO [Out of Office], Berlin
2022 Elb/Hängung #2, Villa am Elbhang, Hamburg
  Elb/Hängung #1, Villa am Elbhang, Hamburg
  vcrb gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
  Sculptour, Beukenhof Phoenix Art Gallery, Belgium
  I shi Prize, Okayama Tenjinyama Cultural Plaza, Okayama, Japan
  scultura 22, Gesellschaft junger Kunst, Baden-Baden
2021 ARTme – Nischen, MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen
2020 Als Phantom hatte ich mich recht gut eingelebt, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
2019 The Energy You Were Looking For, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
Sculptour 2019, Beukenhof - Phoenix Galleries, Kluisbergen, Belgium
2018 Nachts Allein Im Atelier #5, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
Utopians & Playgrounds, Galerie Burster, Berlin
Dialog Des Stofflichen, Kunstverein Ladenburg, Ladenburg
Sculptour 2018, Beukenhof - Phoenix Galleries, Kluisbergen, Belgium
2017 Nachts Allein Im Atelier IV, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
2016 Nachts Allein Im Atelier III, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
Groupshow, Galerie Burster, Berlin
Top 16 - Meisterschülerinnen Und Meisterschüler Der Staatlichen Akademie Der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim
Veni, Vidi Klasse Stephan Balkenhol, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
2015 Nachts Allein Im Atelier, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
2014 6 Künstler - 6 Kunstakademien, Sparkasse Karlsruhe Ettlingen, Karlsruhe
Das Obere Des Körpers, Galerie Frank Schlag&Cie., Essen
Schöne Neue Welt, Poly Produzentengalerie E.V., Karlsruhe
Köln-Kyoto, Galerie Skala, Köln
Bildhauerei, Kunstkontor, Münster
2013 Sol Lewitt Loves Pancakes, Projektraum Zip, Basel, Switzerland
Hirofumi Fujiwara/Michael Kipphahn Ausstellung, Galerie Gerken, Berlin
2012 Distances, Tenjin-Mam, Okayama, Japan
Creators Lounge, D-Mall, Kojima, Japan

Hirofumi Fujiwara's bronze figures, pre-modeled in clay, stand and sit in the space that surrounds them, at rest in themselves, their bodies seeming alive, their faces delicate. 

These are his first bronze works, and in the development process it was especially important to Fujiwara to be involved in every step, to be able to give his figures as much love as his unique plastic pieces. Fujiwara applied the light gray patina of each bronze himself - a painterly process that makes each of the figures look different in nuances.

Fujiwara's sculptures, Earth and Wind, are enthusiasts; they bear witness to a romantic longing for the unattainable, they move between worlds. Their contemplative gaze directed into the indefinite, they carry references of Japanese as well as European-Western culture. They seem youthful and yet ageless, androgynous and detached from any stereotypes - isolated from this world, yet anchored in the moment, in being so.

In our ever faster moving, ever modification-oriented society, Fujiwara's earth and wind embody both longing and ideal.

Miriam Schwarz

Hirofumi Fujiwara is inspired by the diversity of people he encounters in his everyday life. When observing these multifaceted personalities, however, the artist does not so much claim to reproduce them in detail. Rather, he is on the lookout for details of the many, diverse people you collect for his artistic projects. The collection of different character traits and personality traits that characterize each person individually and can be received in a variety of ways from different perspectives, then serve him as a catalog of motifs for his works. Thus, he uses the observations to create equally individual figures. Each of the naturalistic sculptures made of clay and plastic differs from the others in small details and is therefore unique in two respects.
Hirofumi Fujiwara describes the creation process of his figures as a chain of coincidental moments. Since all he has left are his memories of what he has seen, the artist allows himself to be guided by the elaborate working process itself. At the beginning of each sculpture, there is only a rough idea. Where the creative journey will lead him is completely unclear. Every step of the work, every decision for or against the expression of a figure element influences the steps that follow.
Conceptual guideline and a special concern of the artist is the possibility of a multitude of interpretative approaches. Just as with the human being himself, the figures are to remain unfathomable to a certain extent. The complex and mysterious nature of each person is what motivates Hirofumi Fujiwara to create his figurative works. This aspect also relates to the viewer: as different as the recipients are, they will recognize just as many, different figures, construct diverse stories, and make countless interpretations. In doing so, Hirofumi Fujiwara thematizes the coexistence and opposition of inner and outer qualities. Even if the inside of a rigid, lifeless figure seems unfathomable, it is all the more exciting to develop the outside of the sculptures into a story, and to do so completely independently and detached from the artist's ideas.
In his latest project Hirofumi Fujiwara deals with the theme "Utopia". These sculptures are not so much models of man in the future, rather he creates figures of a parallel world. In contrast to his earlier works, the sculptures in this series are united by the element of concealment. This aspect of mystery is implemented through the use of transparent walls, which are constructed around the figures like a protective wall. Only upon closer inspection can one guess the essence of each individual figure behind Plexiglas, silicone drops, or straws.

Elisa Hornacek