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Title

Revival moment - Wonderland A

1990

Artist

Kobayashi Keisei

Japan

1944 –

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Sosei no toki - midorino hoshi -
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1990
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    wood engraving
    Edition
    A.P.
    Dimensions
    85.5 x 85.0 cm image; 100.0 x 110.0 cm sheet; 115.5 x 108.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pecnil "Keisei Kobayashi 1991".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    436.1993
    Copyright
    © KOBAYASHI Keisei

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  • About

    In this print, Kobayashi's sphere cracks apart to reveal a labyrinthine world in which birds, fish, mice, snails and various other insect and plant forms weave through and over man's decaying urban structures.

    Unlike many artists now who praise technology and covet the artificial and unnatural, Kobayashi genuinely seeks a return to nature alone. In commenting on this print he has said that modern civilisation, in going against the laws of nature, reminds him of the conceited creators of the tower of Babel; modern science aims at progress by defying nature but he seeks to follow the provisions of nature. Hence he uses wood to do his printing, reverting to wood-engraving, an unusual medium in modern Japan. As he applies his chisel to the wood, he loses himself in the rings of the boxwood which nature has taken hundreds of years to create, and then his work comes alive. In creating this print Kobayashi used ten blocks, each meticulously carved with his own surreal vision. He does believe however that if one hundred people viewed his print there would be one hundred different ways of appreciating it.

    Kobayashi was born in Kyoto, educated at the International Art Institute there, and now lives in Tokyo.

    Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 57, 60.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication