Ian Boyden Tripod

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Tripod Complex

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 12:00pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center


When Ian Boyden ’95 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.” The exhibition 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 Mr. 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 by artist Ian Boyden '95: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Noon; a luncheon buffet will be served.

On display through Friday, December 11, 2015. Closed Saturday, October 24 through Wednesday, October 28; and Tuesday, November 24 through Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Mr. Boyden’s work was included in the exhibition The Alumni Show II on display in Wesleyan University's Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery from September through December 2013.