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Immensities and Infinities

Further Specimens from the Flowerbank World,
Tom Wudl, L.A. Louver Gallery, June 2 through July 9 2011 –

Immensities and  Infinities: Further Specimens from the Flowerbank World is the artist Tom Wudl’s continuing investigation of the Avatamasaka Sutra (or Flower Ornament Sutra), a revered scripture of Huayan Buddhism. Earlier works by Wudl inspired by the sutra were first exhibited at L.A. Louver in Specimens from the Flowerbank World, November-December 2009. Read here the Artforum review by Annie Buckley.

There was a time when the world was small and man knew his place in it….Today, space is expanding beyond the reaches of the imagination….we inhabit immensities and infinities that also inhabit us. I have attempted to make visible to the eye with brush and paint that which is still sacred to us and which by other minds and methods has been reconciled, encoded and stored in numbers and equations. —Tom Wudl

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Jewel Light, 2010 — oil, pencil, and gold leaf on vellum paper, 15 1/4 x 12 1/2 in.

 
Universal Purity, 2010 — oil, pencil, and silver leaf on vellum paper, 12 x 11 in.
 
Study for Cloud Blossom, August 2010, 2010
oil, pencil, and gold leaf on vellum paper, 16 3/4 x 12 in.
 
Jewel Peak Radiance, 2010 — oil, pencil, and silver leaf on vellum paper, 11 7/8 x 9 3/4 in.—
 
Study for Cloud Blossom (eye), 2010
pencil, acrylic paint, oil paint, aluminum leaf, and pure silver on vellum paper, 12 x 12 1/2 in.
 
Cloud Blossom, 2011 — pencil, oil paint and silver leaf on vellum, 18 x 21 1/4 in
 
Universal Virtue, 2010
pencil and silver leaf collage on vellum paper, 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.
 
Study for Cloud Blossom (black rose), 2010 —
pencil, acrylic paint, oil paint, and aluminum leaf on vellum paper, 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.
 
Wonderful Eyes Raining Flowers, 2011
pencil, oil paint, silver leaf, pure silver and 22K gold on vellum with collage elements,
14 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.
 
Sea of Lotus blossom Jewels, 2011 —
pencil, oil paint, silver leaf and pure 22K gold on vellum with collage elements, 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.
 
 

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