Art: Makoto Fujimura's Bugle Call to Artists

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By Sharon Fujimoto-Johnson

On the release of Operation Homecoming: Epistles of Injury (Random House, 2006), artist Makoto Fujimura reflected on the connection between the arts and the writings of war. "If you remove works of art that do not in some way relate to, or respond to wars, our cultural landscape would be full of holes," he writes. In light of this reality, Fujimura goes on to delicately weave together icons in the arts and recent events in a bugle call to artists. "[This bugle call] begins in a belief that our lives are to be lived for others," he says, "To the extent we are able to do that, to that degree we will see a new language of expression that is not self-centered, but self-giving and generous." Fujimura's blog post is well worth reading. Mentioned: J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," C.S. Lewis' "The Problem of Pain," 20th century masters Rothko and Mondrian, T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land," Picasso's "Guernica," Iraq, Amish school shooting, Jesus' realism, etc.

Makoto Fujimura was born in 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts and was educated bi-culturally between the US and Japan. Fujimura graduated from Bucknell University in 1983, and received an M.F.A. from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with a Japanese Governmental Scholarship in 1989. Noted artist and critic Robert Kushner says of Fujmura's work, "The idea of forging a new kind of art, about hope, healing, redemption, refuge, while maintaining visual sophistication and intellectual integrity is a growing movement, one which finds Fujimura's work at the vanguard." Read the full article on Makoto Fujimura's blog, "Refractions". Visit Makoto Fujimura's web site.

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