Light crossing border
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.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
etching and aquatint
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".
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
- 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 Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 33, 42 (colour illus.). cat.no. 18