(Japan 1941 – )
63.0 x 63.0 cm image; 70.0 x 70.0 cm sheet
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.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 92, 93, 101 (colour illus.). cat.no. 61
The Urban Bonsai: