Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Buddhist Spotlight On: David Orr

By Julia Hirsch
Visual artist David Orr in the Philosophical Research Society’s library. Photograph by Emily Shur.
Angelenos have a well-kept secret. For the last two years, the PRS Library has been a second home to artist-in-residence David Orr. An LA-based visual artist, Orr spent countless hours photographing one-of-a-kind religious and philosophical texts from the center’s archives. He then digitally recombined the results to create his latest exhibition, Illumined, an abstract series of mandalas on display at the library’s new art gallery through September 16, 2018. Orr’s kaleidoscopic images—which refract words from sages such as Pythagoras, Plato, the Buddha, Confucius, Aristotle, Jesus, and Muhammad—explore the wide-ranging “belief systems we build to make sense of the world,” Orr told Tricycle. [More]
The Embekka Alankaraya (II); based on 19th-century handwritten Sinhalese manuscripts