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8000 Years Spring

8000 Years Autumn

Ihara Ludens Gallery, New York

THUS, I WAS BORN

Thus, I came to this life. I’m a change hexagram. With my green color for spring or red to summer and purple to autumn. With my 6 inch width to 6 hours, 12 inches to 12 hours for the period of time to live with the work. With tossing coin to meet with face or reverse, 6 chances for the 1 of 64 combinations. Result with marking the "the now is" writings.

 
 
 

EVIDENCE OF TIME AND PERIOD

  The pieces are stacked on the wall in six rows. The stacks vary in height, and most of the wood is tint-ed green (for spring) or red and purple (for autumn). Most also are marked with a simulated script that represents Kariya’s “is the now” sutra.
   The visual effect of the wall array is something like an abstract codex or calendar. One recognizes it as a record of time passed, but it also alludes to the rhythmic cadence of language. Because sutra writing
is abstract-it vaguely resembles Arabic or Persian, it
communicates metaphorically, but its incantatory purpose is clear.

Edward J. Sozanski, Philadelphia Inquirer, 3.18. 1990