Painter Daisuke Fukunaga (b.1981) states: “If the world is the stage of a theater, I want to paint the bustle of the things waiting behind the blackout curtain rather than the heroine.” His motifs are of things forgotten and neglected, but unlike his earlier works of 2007, which realistically depicted drab equipment and everyday objects, his recent work further invests those elements with the fantastic. It is as if they are now imbued with life, their personalities slowly accreting in their abandon and disrepair.

At “Nostalgia,” now showing at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, “Flowers,” for example, depicts a bunch of ragged cleaning mops inserted handle first into a cylindrical container. Splayed out in their “vase,” the mops become a kind of fanciful ikebana, dragged up from the ubiquitious to a level of beauty.

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