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Tomoki Furuhata


Automatic works

February 20 (Sat), - March 20 (Sat), 2021​


I have expressed what is invisible and what is hidden. The “Automatic” series is works that use a piece of equipment that I had produced over the years. I studied and did fieldwork in various areas, which are mainly industry, that I had never been involved in before. I took a long time to do this because I wanted to understand what shaped my life. For example, we can use computers without understanding how they work. However, we cannot see the mechanism unless we try to see it.

I created this series automatically by a device called CNC, which means Computer Numerical Control. I’m saying “automatically”, but I took years to make the prototypes and experiments, and also it takes time to adjust paints and canvases when I create the works. I send the programing data to dedicated software and controlled motor based on the data to form the two-dimension or three-dimension. This has a device that fills the cylinder with paints and discharges it by air pressure. In the series, I use a thin nozzle to eject paints and laminated them. It is difficult to reproduce the high degree of repeatability by only hands when it uniforms the accumulated straight line with the paints. The thick lines on the series emphasize the material of works. The lines cast shadows on canvas, and it is important to see them from various angles not only see them in front of works. The physical phenomenon of paints constitutes the space as an element of the works. In the sense that every living space composes of industrial products, I think my works exist in harmony with the place.  

Everything created is made with the hands of many people and a huge amount of time. We live in such things. In the  “Automatic” series, I attempt to express things that we feel familiar with but are invisible or hidden.

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