Our Fall exhibition will open Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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Second Level, College of East Asian Studies

This exhibition runs Wednesday, September 30, 2015 through Friday, December 11, 2015

Tripod Complex

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
Ian Boyden, Tripod Complex, Carbon print

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.

Opening and Gallery Talk with artist Ian Boyden

Wednesday September 30, 12:00

A luncheon buffet will be served

Nirvana: Carbon Inks, Burning Forests, and the Buddhist Endgame

Ian Boyden: Artist, Writer, Director of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art

Thursday, October 1, 4:30 PM, Mansfield Freeman Center

Ian Boyden discusses how his long-term exploration of the material and ecology of a forest fire took an unexpected philosophical turn when he presented his work to a Chinese audience.

College of East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University

Mansfield Freeman Center
343 Washington Terrace
Middletown CT 06459
(860) 685-2330