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Leonardo da Vinci said that painting is just like a miracle that makes things close seem far away. By simply taking something that is here and shifting it a little bit over there, you will have created the world that is known as perspective. In regards to space, time and many other forms of relation, we use the perspective terms of near and far. I was always interested in the discovery of new worlds achieved by simply shifting everyday objects even the smallest of distances. I realized that what I was doing was very close to perspective, only I was doing it within the context of the interplay between feeling, perception and thought. Perspective is like a mirror that reflects the method of our looking, the method of our listening and the method of our thinking. That world of perspective is a world that in fact exists nowhere. It is an alternative dimension that we construct within our minds. Yukio Fujimoto

The works of Yukio Fujimoto use simple objects to reveal completely new aspects of the everyday acts of looking and hearing. He has titled his new exhibition "Perspective." Fujimoto explains that "my understanding of the world of 'perspective' was expanded after I found a comment in a Leonardo da Vinci notebook in which he says one should seek a perspective that utilizes the faculties of both sight and hearing."

Perspective - the idea of something being depicted as near or far - is a technique that was made by man. Fujimoto believes it involves the creation of something that does not exist in the real world, but which nevertheless enables us to comprehend the real world. Perspective might also be evidence that we rely on our imaginations to get us through our lives a lot more than we realize.

Fujimoto was born in 1950. He lives in Osaka and works in Kobe. He represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and was selected in the international exhibition of the same event in 2007. In Japan he attracted much attention for his "Audio Picnic at the Museum" exhibition, which he planned and organized himself for one day each year for ten years from 1997 till 2006. Through it he proposed to both viewers and museum curators a new form of artistic expression. In 2007 he held a solo exhibition at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and then held three simultaneous solo exhibitions at the Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, and The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama. In 2008 he has participated in exhibitions including "20th Anniversary Exhibition Collection + (Plus) Reverberating Sound-Colour-Form" (Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Takamatsu), "Takehisa Kosugi + Yukio Fujimoto 'Music'" (Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori) and "Light InSight" (NTT Intercommunication Center [ICC] Gallery A, Tokyo)

Yukio Fujimoto