Nanomandala 2003 (Personal Project)

The nanomandala installation consists of a video of a sand mandala going through photographic, microscopic and beyond the visual realm projected onto a disk of sand, 8 feet in diameter.

Visitors can touch the sand as images are projected in evolving scale from the molecular structure of a single grain of sand - achieved my means of a scanning electron microscope (SEM)- to the recognizable image of the complete mandala, and then back again. The sand mandala of Chakrasamvara seen in this installation was created by Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Gaden Lhopa Khangtsen Monastery in India, in conjunction with the "Circle of Bliss" exhibition on Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhist Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Inspired by watching the nanoscientist at work, purposefully arranging atoms just as the monk laboriously creates sand images grain by grain, this work brings together the Eastern and Western minds through their shared process centered on patience. Both cultures use these bottom-up building practices to create a complex picture of the world from extremely different perspectives.

With generous support from the David W. Bermant Foundation.

The Nanomandala was premiered at the exhibition NANO at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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  • Pure Land farms: Tibetan New Year (Losar), Topanga CA, February 23, 2020
  • Inventory of Light, Peters Projects Gallery, Santa Fe. March 27 - April 25th, 2015
  • “Art in the Age of Nanotechnology,” Visual Arts Program, Perth International Arts Festival, John Curtin Galley, Perth, Australia, February 5th – April 30th, 2010
  • “Electronic Universe”, El Tanque, Espacio Cultura, Tenerife, Spain, September 25th – October 25th, 2009
  • @art Outsiders, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France, September 12th – 30th, 2007
  • Location One Gallery, New York City, NY, December 16th, 2004 – January 29th, 2005
  • NANO Exhibition, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, December 14th, 2003 – September 6th, 2004 –
  • “Any/Nano/Body”, In Collaboration with Choreographers Norah Zuniga-Shaw and Marianne Kim. LACMA West, Los Angeles, CA. June 12th and September 5th, 2004.
  • Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy, March 30th – April 30th, 2004
  • Nott Memorial, Union College, Schenectady, NY, April 11th – 24th, 2004

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