Monday, December 5, 2016
Richard Tipping - Everlasting Stone #22 - Let Go
Let Go 1980 Granite, engraved text, goldleaf. Dimensions 10 x 32 x 7.3 cm
Possibly included in the exhibition Word Works 2 at Powell Street Gallery in Melbourne, 1980. Included in the exhibition Hear the Art at the Eagle Gallery, London, in 1997, and returned to Australia in 2010. Thirty years plus. Even a small granite word work like this weighs about 4.5 kg. Giving weight to words.
At the point of letting go you fall through the O as a hole in space.
The dictum to 'let go' retains its potency in the Buddhist sense of releasing ourselves from attachments. Dharma as cosmic law and order, and as the teachings of the Buddha. The three Jewels: "I take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, the Sangha" ... while wishing that less people needed monotheism.
Personally, I'm very attached to these 'everlasting stones' and have no intention to 'let go' whatsoever: it is life which will let go of me some day before long).
Let Go 1997 Wood, brass hinge, engraved text, goldleaf.
Dimensions: 9 x 24 x 4 cm (closed); 9 x 48 x 2 cm (open)
Declared as an edition of 21 but only about a dozen made.
Shown in the exhibitions Heart the Art at the Eagle Gallery, London, in 1997; and Versions at Ubu Gallery, New York, in 1998-99. I have two left. One is hiding inside an artwork at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (sssshh!); and two are in my studio. Like a lot of editions, I have no idea where most went.