DAISUKE FUKUNAGA

Local Emotion

Have a break ! 2007 oil on canvas 259.0 × 194.0 cm ©Daisuke Fukunaga

Introduction

Daisuke Fukunaga paints the most ragged scenes that are taken for granted, though our daily lives are surrounded by them.
Places that are mundane, never a ruin with history, where no one would ever think, or try to know, its chronicle. And there, in a space completely detached from the rest of the world, lie objects also neglected by all, since who knows when. Worn-out mops and coiled up hose squirm on the ground as if they are alive. They, who seem to ponder over the odd and undecomposable, make us wonder if they are aliens from another planet settled on earth, though they are very common objects.

Workers 4, 2008 oil on canvas, 227.5 x 182.0cm, ©Daisuke Fukunaga
Workers 4, 2008
oil on canvas, 227.5 x 182.0cm, ©Daisuke Fukunaga
untitled, 2008 oil on canvas, 162.0 x 130.5cm, ©Daisuke Fukunaga
untitled, 2008
oil on canvas, 162.0 x 130.5cm, ©Daisuke Fukunaga
The Light, 2008 oil on canvas, 116.5 x 91.0cm, ©Daisuke Fukunaga
The Light, 2008
oil on canvas, 116.5 x 91.0cm, ©Daisuke Fukunaga

Concept

This time, seven to eight new paintings will be shown. The title “Local Emotion” according to the artist means a picture of clustered objects that seem to have emotions and characters placed in a seemingly dilapidated place (=local).
Fukunaga who has been painting mysterious spaces that are like dead end, says that useless objects abandoned in no where inspires him. The mops standing against the wall like people flocking together and the old playground equipment thrown out in the gym seem to breath, quietly but with toughness, as if to deny our sentiment of any kind, with emotions that can not be named.

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 "Local Emotion" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2008
  • installation view from "Local Emotion" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2008
  • installation view from "Local Emotion" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2008