DAISUKE FUKUNAGA

Daisuke Fukunaga exhibition

neighbourhood garden 2006 oil on canvas 227.5 × 227.5 cm ©Daisuke Fukunaga

Introduction

Fukunaga’s works often feature strange combinations of man-made and natural forms. In the work “SCRAP”, which was introduced at GEISAI #9, various objects are depicted strewn about in canvas’s run-down corners. Although they are not ordinarily perceived as garbage, some of the ordinary objects shown are cars, keyboard, target, car and umbrellas. Partly covered by a torn sheet, a car seems to be fairly new and ready to go. The ornamental owl in a fish tank appears to have opened the umbrella by itself. A neon green Martian doll is hanging by the neck from a tree branch in the center of the piece. In the very rear, there is a shed with a bright yellow roof that looks like something from an amusement park. Finally, an electric tower and dark dense trees can be seen behind the fence. These items give off a completely different aura compared to similar everyday items found in areas nearby, whoever intended to arrange the objects in this way has created an eerie circus.

The garden made by ordinary people artist, 2005 oil on canvas, 194.0 x 194.0cm, ©Daisuke Fukunaga
The garden made by ordinary people artist, 2005
oil on canvas, 194.0 x 194.0cm, ©Daisuke Fukunaga
scrap, 2006 oil on canvas, 130.3 x 162.0cm, ©Daisuke Fukunaga
scrap, 2006
oil on canvas, 130.3 x 162.0cm, ©Daisuke Fukunaga
LEISURE LAND, 2006 oil on canvas, 41.0 x 31.8cm, ©Daisuke Fukunaga
LEISURE LAND, 2006
oil on canvas, 41.0 x 31.8cm, ©Daisuke Fukunaga

Concept

In “Neighborhood Garden”, which will be exhibited, various objects are placed in the garden of an old, run-down house. A doghouse, wooden box, hose and Japanese-style toilet are some of the items that assume an organic energy, which melts into the scenery of this strange garden. Conversely, the plants, koi swimming in the pond, pansies, spider webs, and stones are objects untouched by humans, but they seem to be holding their breath while possessing human intentions. The shingles of the roof of the house resemble fish scales. In addition, it is impossible to know what is behind the closed door or on the other side of the window. A being from another world appears in the mirror on the strange rock formation; however, since this house exists in one universe, the being’s appearance is a function of a magical telescope that can see all over the world.
Fukunaga said, “By unfolding the image’s illusion, I want to get into the heads of the people who are seeing my work.” The stunning brushwork clearly function as a device that inspires one’s imagination. This exhibition is scheduled to feature new paintings and drawings. Please enjoy!

Artist Biography

Born in Tokyo in 1981, Daisuke Fukunaga graduated from Tama Art University in 2004 with a specialty in oil painting. His studio is presently based in Kanagawa prefecture. This is his first solo exhibition since being discovered by Tomio Koyama at GEISAI #9 in 2006.

Artist Profile

Daisuke Fukunaga

Objects depicted in Daisuke Fukunaga’s painting are something too ordinary for us to pay attention everyday – places or objects we have forgotten, such as a shabby vacant lot, a dark basement of the construction building without wiring, old cleaning tools like mops, tires, and wastes. With his “representationalism” approach, these objects seem to throw off its functional meanings attached to them and wriggle like animals, as if they had emotions and personalities.
Personified objects against the dramatic backgrounds in Fukunaga’s paintings evoke strongly and theatrically, emphasized by being depicted on large canvases. The senses of endless depth and presence as materials attract viewers.

Fukunaga Daisuke was born in Tokyo, in 1981. He graduated from the oil painting course of Tama Art University in 2004, lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. He has participated in group shows such as “AFTER THE REALITY 2” curated by Hiromi Yoshii (Daichi Projects, New York, 2008), “VOCA Exhibition 2009” (The Ueno Royal Museum), and “The Way of Painting” (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 2014). Also as a member of the artist group MIHOKANNO, he participated in group exhibitions “Hello MIHOKANNO” (Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo, 2009) and “GOOD NIGHT MIHOKANNO” (Akibatamabi 21, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, 2011). He won the first Kinutani Koji Award sponsored by the Mainichi Shimbun in 2009. At Tomio Koyama Gallery, Fukunaga has held solo exhibitions in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

  • Installation view from "Daisuke Fukunaga" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2006 ©Daisuke Fukunaga
  • Installation view from "Daisuke Fukunaga" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2006 ©Daisuke Fukunaga