Night & Day Archives » Night & Day

Communication Breakdown


Hirokazu Fukawa creates installation art that utilizes objects from both the natural and man-made world to explore how language obscures communication just as often it conveys meaning. This stems partly from his own experience as a native Japanese speaker adapting to an English-speaking country, but he's also been drawn in this direction by the experience of raising his autistic son, Fumi. The silent, almost dead nature of written words, acting as a substitute for living speech; the manipulation of speech through electronic means to create a garbled, intuitive stream of half-understood information; the innate silence of a sculptural object that still conveys meaning through form — all of these elements come into play in Fukawa's work. His installations communicate a narrative through silence and sound, image and repetition; it is a secretive, personal language that strikes beyond speech to tell its story. A new Hirokazu Fukawa installation opens with a free public reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the St. Louis Community College-Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery (11333 Big Bend Road; 314-984-7632). The installation remains up through Friday, April 13, but the gallery will be closed for spring break March 12 through 18.
March 2-April 13

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.