My space and my dimension-M-22
Born in Gifu Prefecture, and educated at the Tama University of Art from which he graduated in oil painting in 1962, Funasaka still resides in Tokyo. Since his days as a student when his part-time work in a linoleum store enabled him to acquire trimmings which he used to make linocuts, Funasaka has diligently experimented with diverse print techniques, often mixing several methods in the production of one print.
Funasaka's prints are cool, masterful arrangements of colours and shapes. He carefully defines his colours, balancing their shapes in presentations of rhythm and tension to create a space of his own. His concern with the formal relationships of shapes and spaces is reflected in his titles which are all sequential variations on the theme of 'my space and my dimension'. To obtain dimension and to create shadows and interplay, he uses such disparate devices as collage, applied styrofoam (of varying depths), perforations and embossing. It is the tensions of forms within spaces that is the focus of his work.
Funasaka will often work with a particular 'trademark' for many years. For about two decades from 1957 the focal point of his prints was the soft contours of a lemon in which lemon forms were the only natural ones in an otherwise abstract composition. Now his prints contain only abstract shapes and for some years he has been concerned with the colours and placement of the unmatched vertical poles seen in this print. In a classic Oriental tradition, the dominant white spaces have positive values, constituting the matrix of the composition in which the peripheral corporeal forms are evolved and accentuated.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 28.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
woodcut, screenprint and embossing
60.0 x 45.0 cm image; 74.0 x 53.0 cm sheet;
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Y. Funasaka 1989".
Gift of the artist 1993
Not on display
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
- Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, 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 Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 28, 31 (colour illus.). cat.no. 10