BA18

Untitled (2003)
From series "Imprints of Practice II: Transversions/Messed With"
Digital print on rice paper
Signed, numbered limited edition (2 of 21)
11 x 17 inches / 23 x 43 centimeters (unframed)
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"alchemy
of
play

melting
heated
action
into
keen
awareness

turning
quickened
care
for
others
into
heat
of
play"


Torben Ulrich's note:
7. Alchemy of Play, says the text. Here the image, a print, still on rice paper, to be seen perhaps a little more figuratively from the start: red acrylic lines (and black contour) forming traditional alchemical container, flask or alembic, in which transmutations are undertaken, set in motion: outlined here by red edges of racket frame – frame and strings of racket (like container, flask) holding ball momentarily within itself, de-stilling it into possibilities of dynamic play, risky, enriching, transformative.
Or, container, flask may be seen, firstly, as image of our body itself, grosser body fine-tuning itself toward athletic body, then perhaps fine-tuning itself further in terms of more subtle states (breath, awareness): integrating, integrated slowly, existentially.
Blue acrylic ball (again, not placed or pasted on; volleyed from distance, seal of chance), pointing to element of Space. Also relates to text, where it speaks of 'keen awareness': two terms, space and awareness, showing up together, being undivided from the beginning, continuum of appearance/nothingness.
As for procedure into print, see Note 8.


(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.)