CNR 2013: Exhibition: Norio Fujikawa (JPN)
"I grew up reading classic manga and watching a lot of anime, sci-fi, and fantasy films. So, as you can imagine, the amazing visions and designs of those artists have greatly influenced my work. I remember reading books over and over such as Cyborg 009, Ginga Tetsudo 999, Captain Harlock, Black Jack, Doraemon, Dr. Slump, Dragon Ball or sitting down for the first time to watch Yamato, Gundam, reruns of Mazinger, Kamen Rider, or Ultraman (7 was always my favorite). Classic sci-fi shows like the Thunderbirds or Space 1999 with their amazing vehicles have left quite an impression on me too. Of course film has a done a lot to inspire me. I have to run out and see any and all films with effects in it, live action or animated."
"Robots are a familiar subject in my work. I find the idea of robots in our world exciting and imagine them not as machines to serve people but as companions. And as a product designer that looks to simplify user experiences with products and technology, I often embody robots with simplified forms, gestures, and lines. Robots are not to be feared but embraced."
[image source: Norio Fujikawa]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]
Norio Fujikawa is a San Francisco based product designer by day and concept artist/illustrator by night.
Many examples of the robot works by Norio Fujikawa will be shown during Cafe Neu Romance (27-30 November 2013) at Galerie NTK.