As with other contemporary artists, Takagaki is defining a new world, creating uninhabited dwellings and spaces that tease our knowledge of past and future worlds. He is very interested in ancient history and his forms evoke unknown nomadic tribes. He is also searching for different concepts of contrast as exemplified in this print in which the soft amorphous exterior of an above-ground structure is contrasted with the precision of the internally defined subterranean room.
To create the special effects of his prints, Takagaki prints on both sides of the paper, using water-based colours.
He was born in Hiroshima (which may explain his focus on shelters), was educated at Tama Art University and now lives in Kanagawa.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 92.
Place where the work was made
61.5 x 44.0 cm image; 73.0 x 51.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signedl.r., pencil "Shuko". Not dated.
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, 92, 95 (colour illus.). cat.no. 58