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"Richard Purdy: Stupa - Built and Unbuilt"
2003-09-13 until 2003-10-18
For twenty-seven years Richard Purdy has been wondering
about stupas. Through his art, he has been trying to make
sense of something terribly simple. "When you have been on
the sacred circuit for a while – visiting 5, 10, 50, 100, 1000 stupas
– you begin to notice the characteristics of the stupas you are
visiting, the fact that they subtly change from place to place –
dagobas, chedis, pagodas, chortens. Stupas seem to represent
distinct races, and their distinguishing features evolve over geographical
Questions emerge and methodologies are
repeated, but then, in a few years, they are abandoned.
Masses of stone begin to speak to your deepest self, and curiously,
you answer back, attempting a dialogue. All over the
world the number of stupa-watchers, stupa builders, stupa worshippers
are growing, and tentatively attesting to their fascination."
Invited by OBORO to participate in an artist’s residence, to build
an installation and to create a bookwork, Purdy’s project integrates
multiple themes touching on contemporary art and contemporary