On the morning of July 22, 2007, I photographed every offering left at the Derge Parkhang. The Parkhang is the most famous sutra printing temple in the Tibetan world, and still houses more than... More > 300,000 wooden printing blocks. It is a site of pilgrimage for Tibetans, who come from many parts of the world to honor this important cultural treasure.< Less
In the summers of 2006 and 2007 I traveled to Kham, a historically Tibetan area, as a member of an interdisciplinary study group. We were there to study traditional Tibetan book production,... More > particularily at the Derge Parkhang. We traveled to many other monasteries that still print books, and at Babang we met an old lama, the brother of a famous thangka painter. Meeting him changed my awareness about what I do: orientalism and the exotic still have a hold on me, no matter how hard I struggle against them. This book is starts with the mantra from the Heart sutra, and structures a travel experience around it.
In March 2008, I printed a limited edition, offset lithographed and hand bound version of this book at the Center for Editions, Purchase College. This print-on-demand version presents a glimpse of that iteration.< Less
Dallas, a pleasant city in Texas, has a remarkable number of bail bond businesses. I was stuck in a hotel with a fever of 103, tossing and turning, and this dreadful fact became clear to me: there is... More > a lot of money to be made in punishing crime.< Less
Catalogs once brought the world into the home: place-bound people could roam the planet, shopping from a magazine. But this was a focused experience, since catalogs always represented a particular... More > notion of commerce, with a particular, unique physical identity: LL Bean never seemed anything like Omaha Steaks. The web is a catalog of enormous proportions, and everything is produced in the same medium—RGB pixels. Police uniforms are identical with French cheese, making crime-fighting just another way to turn a profit.< Less
The apartment was beautiful when seen through a veil of romanticism, decaying and noble. I heard a strange voice echoing in the place and it took me a year to figure out what it was saying.
Words... More > and images form a new text when read together.< Less
Moving is always about re-layering life. This is the first book in this series of artist's books about everyday life. Successive images are overprinted in process colors: the steps in moving become a... More > process for generating color.< Less