Riusuke Fukahori @ ICN Gallery

Proudly floating on the surface of the glistening windows of a Shoreditch gallery lies a white goldfish, shades of blues and reds shimmering underneath its upper layer of scales. This display of calmness has been given to us by Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori and is not what you’d usually expect in the hustle and bustle of East London, yet it leads us gently into a space celebrating the previously overlooked goldfish.

The artist’s London debut houses sake cups and tea boxes, filled with what looks like goldfish in water. Yet the artist has achieved this by painting acrylic fish into layers of resin, building up a three dimensional image. Fukahori’s inspiration form the originally Chinese goldfish came from his own pet at a time where he was struggling to come up with artistic ideas. The exhibition presents us with work ranging from a modest £540 to over £30,000 for the shows stand out piece – Muses, the biggest on display – containing what looks to be some kind of water purifier and possibly even a ladle. As well as the resin pieces, Fukahori has also submitted paintings of the fish on traditional Japanese paper, serving as the perfect backdrop on the white walls of the gallery, with the other pieces resting on plinths.

Fukahori has succeeded in bringing tranquility to a hectic London while also handing over the limelight to the goldfish, a very beautiful, yet underappreciated animal.

Goldfish Salvation – Riusuke Fukahori is on show until January 11 at the ICN Gallery

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer with a special interest in contemporary Middle Eastern Art. She has a BA in Art History and an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She runs the Gallery Girl blog and also writes for After Nyne, Ibraaz and Reorient.

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