(Japan 1946 – )
56.0 x 87.0 cm image; 63.0 x 97.0 cm sheet; 73.2 x 103.5 cm frame
Kuramoto's cosmic imagery of clouds, planets and space, has the prescribed formal arrangement of a mandala, a diagrammatic aid for meditation. The use of the geometric shapes of circles, squares and triangles is a feature of tantric art where each shape has its own significance and where the esoteric relationships and ratios of each shape to another are pre-determined by texts on enlightenment. In this print the luminously highlighted central sphere resembles the absolute point or source from which all things come, and into which all things disappear. The print is a representation of the unity and wholeness that ultimately underlies the universe.
Ironically it is man's invention of computers, with brand names such as Apple, that through their mathematical programs, create universal cosmic space.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 60.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 60, 62 (colour illus.). cat.no. 33
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