Can Art Be A Form of Prayer?

Ayakoh Furukawa-Leonart

June 15 - 26, 2016

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 1-7 PM
Sunday 1-7 PM and by appointment (June 26 until 5 PM)

Opening Reception: Friday, June 17, 2016 - 6 to 8 pm

Gallery onetwentyeight is pleased to announce the opening of the solo exhibition: Can Art Be A Form of Prayer by Ayakoh Furukawa-Leonart. Her recent life-sized drawings dealing with social issues will be exhibited.

"Perhaps my art is not sophisticated. My work has nothing to do with digital gadgets and even less to do with digital media. I have always been able to draw what I see; what I think. You may think that my work is conceptually naive. However, I enjoy freedom of expressing my interests and concerns without being bounded by my Master of Fine Arts degree.

I believe that Art should reflect humanity and will eventually return to "humanhands" after fashions and designs. Once I drew a piece of wisdom in a fortune cookie that I found with Chinese take-out food several years ago.
The message was 'You shake the world in a quiet way’. It has always stayed in my mind. I wonder if my art can shake this world in a quiet way. Can art be a form of prayer?.

"My Brother Don’t You Dare Lay Down Your Life” (detail), 2016

Ayakoh Furukawa-Leonart (a.k.a. Ayakoh Furukawa) originally from Japan lives and works in New York. She holds both BFA and MFA degrees from Hunter College, the City University of New York.

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