Monday, February 14, 2005

monks at the mall.


"valentine lake"
this was a drawing i made valentine's day last year. it was done on Medicine lake in an "Art Shanty". some friends put together a "camera obscura" inside a ice fishing house and i quickly sketched out what was projected on the wall. the image was actually upside down but it was a fairly clear image of the little heart-shaped skating rink Kari had shoveled out of the snow. you can vaguely see her, her dog, Tema Stauffer and others on the ice. it was all done really quick.
they did the art shanty again this year. still got to get out there before the ice melts.
this year i hung out with my Mom most the day. we went to the Mall of America where i heard there was a tibetan sand mandala being constructed. it was part of a Tibetan Cultural Festival. there were two monks painstakenly pouring little grains of colored sand to make up the piece. when they are finished it will be dismantled and poured into a stream somewhere. it is an excercise in futility. i found the spiritual contrast between them and the atmosphere at the Mall of America stunning.
it was amazing how they could concentrate like that. plus the whole dicotomy of the immaterial nature of their practice and the surrounding over-saturated commercialism the Mall is famous for was incredible. not to mention the irony behind where most of the products for sale in the shops at the Mall tend to be made in, China, the same country that occupies Tibet and outlaws the same practices they were demonstrating in the Macy's Rotunda.
on the way out we met a guy who was selling art and crafts from india. i have been wanting to get a gong for a long time. i was inspired by a guy i saw using one in an acid jazz outfit at this party i was at in Austin. also he had these indian style paintings of various hindu love gods and such. i treated myself to both.
we hope to see the dismantling ceremony of the mandala, February 24 at 12:30pm. maybe see y'all there!

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