Over there (Apple world)
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.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
56.0 x 87.0 cm image; 63.0 x 97.0 cm sheet; 73.2 x 103.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Kumiko Kuramoto". 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 River Regional Art Gallery, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 60, 62 (colour illus.). cat.no. 33