David Brooks for the New York Times has written, “Longing for an Internet Cleanse, A Small Rebellion Against the Quickening of Time” a piece on artist Makoto Fujimura and his recent painting, “Golden Sea – a New Song”.
“I don’t know about you, but I feel a great hunger right now for timeless pieces like these. The internet has accelerated our experience of time,, and Donald Trump has upped the pace of events to permanent frenetic…Probably like you, I’ve felt a great need to take a break from this pace every once in a while and step into a slower dimension of time. Mako’s paintings are very good for these moments…Nihonga is slow to make and slow to see. Mako once advised me to stare at one of his paintings for 10 to 12 minutes. I thought it would be boring, but it was astonishing. As I stood still in front of it, my eyes adjusted to the work. What had seemed like a plain blue field now looked like a galaxy of color. He [Makoto] is Japanese but also America, a Christian and also a prominent figure in the art world. He is one of those people who live on the edges of groups and travel between groups, bringing news from outside.”