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

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Ian Boyden, Tripod Complex, Carbon print

Tripod Complex

September 30-December 11

Tuesday-Sunday 12-4, closed Mondays

Closed October 24-28 and November 24-December 1

Opening and Gallery Talk with artist Ian Boyden

Wednesday September 30, 12:00

A luncheon buffet will be served

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.


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