- Place where the work was made
- Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
- Media category
- Materials used
- 71.0 x 61.0 cm image; 91.0 x 75.0 cm sheet
- Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "S. Matsumura". Not dated.
- Gift of the artist 1993
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Matsumura now lives in Gunma Prefecture. He was born in Osaka and was educated at Tama Art University where he completed Graduate School.
The focus of Matsumura's work is the alienating urban environment. In his uninhabited landscapes the disparate elements of concrete, steel and other unnatural materials create mysterious ambiguous spaces. The absurdity of his spatial constructions in which recognisable forms and spaces co-exist in an ingenious linkage of different spatial realities is reminiscent of the extraordinary world found in the work of M. C. Escher ( 1898-1972), These environments are empty and confrontational; permeated by a mood of destruction and damage. Matsumura believes that new forms and spaces are being created by modern society and he tries to articulate these as well as what he perceives as the ambiguity of the urban city: the apparent limitlessness of opportunity against the unforeseen and illogical.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 61.
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Urban Bonsai, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992
The Urban Bonsai, National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington, 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992
The Urban Bonsai, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992
The Urban Bonsai, Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand, 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993
The Urban Bonsai, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993
The Urban Bonsai, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993
The Urban Bonsai, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994
The Urban Bonsai, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994
The Urban Bonsai, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994
The Urban Bonsai, Bank Art Museum Moree, Moree, 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994
The Urban Bonsai, 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, 61, 67 (colour illus.). cat.no. 36