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

ian_boyden_tripod_eventFrom the CFA:

Ian Boyden ’95 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.

Link: http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/events/2015/10-2015/10012015artist-talk-ian-boyden-nirvana.html

Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Place: College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown

Opening Reception + Exhibition—“Tripod Complex”

ian_boyden_tripod_eventSome info first about an opening reception from the CFA:

Tripod Complex features monumental scrolls by Ian Boyden ’95 that are his meditation on the remains of ancient trees after a forest fire in Washington state.

Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 12-1:30 PM
Place: College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center, 343 Washington Terrace
CFA event link

And now, here are the details for the entire CEAS exhibition:

“Tripod Complex” features monumental scrolls by Ian Boyden ’95, a meditation on the remains of ancient trees after a fire in Okanogan National Forest in Washington state. When he first saw the still-standing charcoal spires, he said “It had become ink … this catastrophic Chinese landscape painting.” He was “transfixed by the musculature of the trees revealed and shaped by fire. They had drawn themselves on the sky.” He saw a transformation of self, and an insight into the Buddhist doctrine of no self.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-4pm
Closed: Saturday, October 24 through Wednesday, October 28; and Tuesday, November 24 through Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Opening Date: Wednesday, September 30
Closing Date: Friday, December 11
Place: College of East Asian Studies Gallery
CFA link