BA12

Untitled (2003-2004)
From series “Imprints of Practice II: Examplings of Play”
Ink and acrylic on rice paper
18 x 24 inches / 46 x 61 centimeters (unframed)
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"aligning
breath
and body,
awareness
will find
its own

aligning
ground
and body,
balance
will find
its own

aligning
ball
and body,
timing
will find
its own"


Torben Ulrich's note:
12. Acrylics on rice paper, smeared racquet grip and frame, black and red. Ball, in blue acrylic (barely visible), element of space.
The Elements, again (see note 3). This time seen, stupa-style, through lens of Buddhist iconography, describing awakened energies, architecture as non-dual body, rising, from earth or ground on up, in terms of density, grosser to very subtle. Earth taking form in squares, the rectangular; Water seen as flowing in the circular; Fire as triangular, flames of locus-born heat, burning through, to and from lineages of wisdom-knowledge; Air as half circle, unending wind of workless work; Space as great void, wakefulness rising as simultaneously empty and radiantly open, awareness appearing as, say, wholly non-attached, yet fully there, attentive, in both eye and breath of compassion.
This challenging manifestation, as still traditional architecture, attempted here taken down into present humble plane: now out of its completed balance, into more mundane configurations, bodies of athletes, musicians of the muscular, breathers of yogic aspirations, of shamanic inclinations, of chemical weddings, sisters and brothers still spelled by ironies of play, still trying to milk sky, for the blood of being…


(Number refers to this note, not the work's reference number. These notes can be read on their own and also as an ensemble, or set of concentric circles that can be read both from outside in and inside out. See the full Notes on Balligraphies.)


(See thoughts from Torben Ulrich about some of his works in Notes on Balligraphies.)