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