Takayanagi is currently working alphabetically through his Fulcrum series, planning to complete through to Z. With this series he wants to express the important concept of 'ma', literally space or interval, which has been a consistent feature of Japanese aesthetics. 'Ma' is the poignantly silent pause in music or the arrested moment in Kabuki when the actor can most movingly express the spirit of his role. 'Ma' is the empty space in an ink landscape or piece of calligraphy; architecturally it is the linking corridor or verandah in a traditional Japanese building. 'Ma' is a significant, positive element in all these spheres - it provides the repose, the fluidity, the continuity - and the concept is crucial to the understanding of Japanese culture.
Takayanagi was born in Tokyo, completed Graduate School at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, and now resides in Kanagawa.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 92-93.
Shiten - G
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
63.0 x 63.0 cm image; 70.0 x 70.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Y. Takayanagi '91".
Gift of the artist 1993
Not on display
© TAKAYANAGI Yutaka
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Urban Bonsai:
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992
- National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992
- Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992
- Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993
- The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993
- Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Emu Plains 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994
- Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994
- Moree Plains Gallery, Moree 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994
- Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 92, 93, 101 (colour illus.). cat.no. 61