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Tibet House US is pleased to present Radiance + Reflection: Mandalas and Moon, a new solo exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based visual artist David Orr. Orr’s work explores symmetry, themes of interconnection and impermanence, and ways we apply order. The exhibition runs April 7 to July 9 and can be viewed in the gallery Wednesday through Sunday, 11am–1pm & 2–4pm ET. There will be an opening reception with the artist in attendance on Thursday, April 7 from 6–8pm ET.

The exhibition is organized around two bodies of work emerging from Orr’s interests where philosophy and science align: ILLUMINED, wherein photographs of sacred manuscripts, texts, and sūtras are digitally recombined into abstract forms, and Mandala Lunae, moon photography which Orr arranges into complex geometries — a series begun and developed when he had to stay-in-place during the pandemic. All the works in Radiance + Reflection serve as visual meditations on light. The moon is an enduring Buddhist symbol of truth and enlightenment and his recombined manuscripts obscure the text, appearing as ‘sparks of thought in the dark,’ evoking the Daoist saying: “the deepest truths can never be captured by words alone.” The works in both series reference sacred geometry, orbital patterns, the Fibonacci series (the spiral sequence that appears in snail shells and galaxies), and other natural forms. All represent ideas in Buddhist thought: transformation, interconnection, the spiritual aspects, and the uncanny alignment with quantum physics.

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THE CATALOGUE

Catalogue is the printed companion to the exhibition “Radiance + Reflection: Mandalas and Moon” by visual artist David Orr on view at Tibet House US April 7 – July 9, New York

  • 72 pages
  • Forward by Robert A.F. Thurman
  • Essay “Radiance + Reflection” by David Orr
  • Essay “To see the stillness in the chaos through art” by Allison C. Meier
  • Full-page reproductions of the Illumined, Mandala Lunae, and Perfect Vessels series, plus Fifty-Two Flowers Word Loops, Video Loops and Phrase Mandala Acknowledgements
  • Cost: $35 + Shipping and Tax

Published to accompany the exhibition David Orr — Radiance + Reflection: Mandalas and Moon at Tibet House US, this catalogue explores the work of a contemporary artist who continues to weave Buddhist thought into his work as he expands the vocabulary of mandala art. Throughout the years Orr has developed and explored wide range of mandalas, including dye-infused archival metal discs; text pieces exploring the language, intent, and cyclical connection of sūtras and sacred thought, video works prompting meditative engagement, cosmograms made from images of the moon, and more. Orr’s meticulously crafted imagery means to create portals to the world beyond reason and raises the question: when we discover order, have we unveiled an existing system, or simply imposed our thinking over truth?

 This richly illustrated catalogue takes a close look at Orr’s intentions and expands perspective on his work. A foreword by Tibet House co-founder Robert A.F. Thurman Ph.D., an essay by noted art and culture writer Allison C. Meier, and an essay by Orr, address subjects such as representations of the spiritual in abstract and contemporary art, forms which manifest in nature, mathematics, and sacred geometry; the universality of the mandala form, impermanence, and the meaning that lies beyond language.

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David Orr is a visual artist based in California. His work has been shown extensively in the United States and internationally in shows juried by representatives from the de Young Museum, the International Center for Photography, the Lucie Awards, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, The New York Times, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. His work is in public collections among such artists as Ansel Adams, John Baldessari, Jim Dine, David Hockney, The Brothers Quay, Edward Weston, and Joel-Peter Witkin. His work has appeared in Art Daily, Buzzfeed, Communication Arts, Graphis, Hyperallergic, The Photo Review, Print, The Art Director’s Club, The Society of Publication Designers, Psychological Perspectives, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, VICE, and VICTOR: The Hasselblad Magazine. Independent film projects have aired on Channel 4 Britain and PBS. He speaks about his work regularly, and has presented at CSU/LA, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Death Salon, The Director’s Guild of America, Dublintellectual, The Mütter Museum, The New School, Parsons School of Design, The Philosophical Research Society, Reed College, and UCLA, among other venues. He is a member of The Long Now Foundation. Born in Manhattan and raised on the East Coast, David currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
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Both the Mandala and the Moon series are created as  limited editions of 10 and an edition can be ordered from the artist or acquired directly from the Exhibition.   Each Mandala print iis dye-infused into a prepared surface of chromalux archival aluminum by fabricators in Northern California. Xenon Light Stability Testing results show that the image stability of Aluminum Prints is 2 to 4 times the image stability of traditional silver-based photo papers.  Each Moon print is exposed using laser technology (light jet), then developed as a chromogenic print onto Fujiflex premium archival paper. Reprints wil be matted, 8ply over 4ply antique white archival paper with a 14-inch diameter circle window (as in the exhibition). All limited edition works will be signed and certified by the Artist. All limited edition works will be signed and certified by the Artist.
Mandalas: $3,800 USD, Moons: $2,200 USD.
  

THE LOTUS SŪTRA

Photographic recombination of manuscript leaf (1834) by Joyen (Japanese Priest).  Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

VISHNU DREAMING OF BRAHMA CREATING THE UNIVERSE

Photographic recombination of Indic manuscript leaf (c. 17th—18th century) Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

INITIATES OF THE FLAME

Photographic recombination of Manly Palmer Hall first edition (Premier Printing Company, 1922).  Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

THE MIRROR OF THE WISDOM OF THE ROSY CROSS

Photographic recombination of notebook transcription (c. 19th century) of Theophilus Schweighardt Constantiens’ “Speculum Sophicum Rhodostauroticum.”  
Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

THE DIVINE COMEDY

Photographic recombination of handmade volume (1855) by Michelangelo Caetani.  Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

MUHAMMAD ASCENDING

Photographic recombination of Persian illuminated manuscript fragment (1636) depicting Muhammad’s ascension.  Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

SYLVA SYLVARUM: A NATURAL HISTORY IN TEN CENTURIES

Photographic recombination of Francis Bacon first edition (W Lee, London, 1627).  Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

DAIHANNYA-KYŌ

Photographic recombination photograph of a Japanese manuscript page with gold ink on indigo-dyed paper (1185-1392).  Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

THE RÁMÁYANA

Photographic recombination of a Javanese illuminated manuscript page (19th century). Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

THE BHAGAVAD GITA

Photographic recombination of Nirnaya Sagar Press edition (1914) in Sanskrit. Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

NEMROD

Photographic recombination of handwritten script bound in leather (1830) by Éliphas Lévi about Nimrod, architect of the Tower of Babel. Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

THE EMBEKKA ALANKARAYA I

Photographic recombination of Sinhalese manuscripts (c. 1900s) from the collection of metaphysician Dr. Ananda Coomaraswamy. Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

THE EMBEKKA ALANKARAYA II

Photographic recombination of Sinhalese manuscripts (c. 1900s) from the collection of metaphysician Dr. Ananda Coomaraswamy. Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

THE PSALMS OF THE SINGER DAVID

Photographic recombination of John Henry Nash edition (1929). Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

THE PRAJÑĀPĀRAMITĀ SŪTRAS

Photographic recombination of handwritten collection, including the Diamond and Heart Sūtras with silk panels on cover board (18th century). Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

THE PRIVATE INSTRUCTIONS OF HELENA PETROVNA BLAVATSKY

Photographic recombination of a typewritten manuscript (1888) by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky including hand-colored diagrams on onion skin paper. Photographed at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

PERFECT VESSEL (Milan Joanovits)

Photographed at the Mütter Museum, Philadelphia. Collection Note: ‘Male, 30. Robber and murderer. Executed in Belgrade.’

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

PERFECT VESSEL (Unknown / N° 1161.01)

Photographed at the Mütter Museum, Philadelphia. Collection Note: ‘Syphilitic Necrosis’

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

PERFECT VESSEL (Geza Uirmeny)

Photographed at the Mütter Museum, Philadelphia. Collection note: ‘Attempted suicide at age 70 by cutting his throat; wound not fatal because of ossified larynx. Lived until 80 without further melancholy.’

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

PERFECT VESSEL (Unknown / N° 1006.80)

Photographed at the Mütter Museum, Philadelphia. Collection note: ‘Bone room specimen.’

30-inch diameter dye-infused archival aluminum disc with .625-inch float mount.

Moon Mandala N° 1

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 4

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 7

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 10

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 11

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 13

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 14

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 16

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 17

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 18

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 19

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 20

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 21

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 23

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 25

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Moon Mandala N° 26

15x15 Chromogenic print / 20 x 20-inch 8/4 ply matte with 14-inch diameter window

Art purchased directly from the exhibition will be available for pick up from Tibet House US anytime after July 9, 2022.  If you need the item shipped to a domestic address, please confirm the shipping address and phone number with us, and be advised that a $50 charge will be added to your credit card for professional packing and shipping purposes. International shipping will be calculated individually. Please note that you can expect your print to arrive in no later than 45 days. You will receive an email once your print has been shipped, and tracking information will be provided.