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Title

Light crossing border


Artist

IKEDA Ryôji

Japan

1947 -


About

Ikeda was born and raised in remote Cape Ochi-ishi on the eastern coast of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Although subsequently educated at Musashino Art University and now resident in Tokyo, he constantly returns to the bleak images of his childhood environment.

In particular he returns to the memory of the now deserted, derelict building that had once been a radio outpost. The shack was isolated in a barren and inhospitable landscape where plants battled to adapt, fed only by rusty water that seeped from swampy ground veiled in dense fogs from the sea.

For Ikeda the dilapidated radio building epitomises history, recalling the advances in communication together with early aviators such as Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) who is remembered for the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic, from New York to Paris in 1927. History has the seeds of our transformation of nature, and it is this dialogue between history and nature during his own lifetime that Ikeda seeks to express poetically.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 33.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

1991


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching and aquatint


Edition

A.P


Dimensions

57.0 x 85.0 cm image; 75.0 x 107.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "R. Ikeda '91".


Credit

Gift of the artist 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

423.1993


Artist information

IKEDA Ryôji

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 33, 42 (colour illus.). cat.no. 18