Art Star Gravitates into All Saints Church's Orbit

Published : Sunday, June 16, 2019 | 4:37 AM

Makoto Fujimura. Photo by Andrew H. Kim

Makoto Fijumoro will address the All Saints Church’s Rector’s Forum June 16 on the intersection of art, theology and the harsh reality of our lives as well as share his thoughts about the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Fujimura is both an art advocate and art star in his own right.

His “slow art” technique garnered the praise of “New York Times” columnist David Brooks, who called the corresponding cultural movement,  “a small rebellion against the quickening of time.”

“Art in America” credited him with being in the vanguard of  “forging a new kind of art, about hope, healing, redemption, refuge, while maintaining visual sophistication and intellectual integrity…”

Bicoastal, Fujimura’s splits his time between Princeton, N.J. and Pasadena.

His art has been featured, or collected by venues as diverse as The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, The Huntington Library, Israel’s Tikotin Museum in Israel, Dillon Gallery in New York, Sato Museum in Tokyo, The Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum, Bentley Gallery in Arizona, Gallery Exit and Oxford House at Taikoo Place in Hong Kong, Vienna’s Belvedere Museum, Shusaku Endo Museum in Nagasaki.

Fujimura is an advocate for the creative life who has thought long about the role of art in our individual experiences and in society. He has written two award-winning screeds, “Refractions” (NavPress) and “Culture Care” (IV Press) in which he has put forth his theses.

“I am speaking at a church so there will be talk of Biblical and theological implications,” he told Pasadena Now, “but usually when I speak in public I talk about an alternative to the culture wars, fragmentation in society and divisive polarization,” said Fujimura. “We’re experiencing a breakdown of communication and art is an antidote by slowing us down to truly communicate at the deepest level.”

Aware of the scarcity people are threatened by and live under in the modern work, Fujimura said, “I live it as an artist too, but I want to say that beauty can transcend the most scarce environments, history has shown many, many times when things seem to be very dark, artists have come on the scene two paint or write poems or make music that transcends the moment and gives us a glimpse into the new.”

“Slow art,” he believes, can help to heal the wounds in western culture.

“What art does, Fujimura asserted, “is to bring us back into a sensory perceptive experience, or knowledge, that allows us to feel the world in its fullest extent, as opposed to the Internet way of learning information. That’s the main way that we do slow down. Art is made by hand in the moment. And those are very important experiences.

“It takes 40 minutes to do the performance, but a lifetime to learn a piece by Chopin.”

132 North Euclid Avenue. Call (626) 796-1172 or Fujimura’s website can be found at

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