This exhibition runs Wednesday, September 30, 2015 through Friday, December 11, 2015
Ian Boyden, Tripod Complex, Carbon print
Wednesday, September 30 to Friday, December 11, 2015
Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
343 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12-4, closed Mondays
Closed October 24-28 and November 24-December 1
When Ian Boyden first stood in the black landscape of still-standing charcoal spires of the Okanogan National Forest in Washington state, he said, “Everything was black. The entire forest charred. Waiting. It had become ink. I stood inside this catastrophic Chinese landscape painting, transfixed by the musculature of the trees revealed and shaped by fire. They had drawn themselves on the sky.” Tripod Complex presents monumental scrolls that reveal both the trophic and catastrophic legacies of fire. A meditation on the emotional complexity of the forms, in the remains of ancient trees Boyden began to see a transformation of Self, a profound cessation and an insight into the Buddhist doctrine of no self.