Letters cut from the Upanishads and Koran
14 x 11 in. (detail)
Tonight my show opens at Studio10 in Brooklyn. The show is called "The Land of Bliss", and it's based on the Larger Sukhavativyuha Sutra, a Buddhist text. The centerpiece of the show is an installation called "The Land of Bliss: The Larger Sukhavativyuha Sutra, Letters cut from the Bible". There are various elements to the piece, including vials that are filled with a Tibetan prayer that glows in the dark, as well as a sound piece.
The sound element is a reading of the text by yours truly, with the sounds of New York City in the background. Subways, musicians, sirens, garbage trucks, loud obnoxious music, loud obnoxious people, loud obnoxious dogs, and my voice droning on and on, plodding through a reading of the Sukhavativyuha Sutra, with all the mistakes in pronunciation that I can muster. It's a v-e-r-y long piece of writing, and thus a very long piece to read. The effect is what I hoped for, namely, that as you hear this sacred piece of writing, with the belches and farts of New York City in the background, you become aware that this is the land of bliss. Not the city, not the gallery, but this.