Los Angeles

Tantric Works

Eugenia Butler Gallery

The relative importance of the show of 18th and 19th century Tantric Works at Eugenia Butler depends on whether art activity is measured by what’s being done or what’s being shown. Although my most constant interests are with the former, these 99 small, hand-done (in look as well as fact), water-base “mystical diagrams” form a substantive, contemplative exhibition which should have some small effect on current art production. The purpose buried in the works is one unfamiliar of late: to evoke God and/or magic, both through, aside from several graceful figurations, the defiant irrational in geometric conception.

The exhibition, however, is intended in part as a setting for the one “contemporary Tantric work” by an artist who prefers to be known as Trans-Parent Teachers, Inc. The piece consists of seven canvas panels, about five by seven feet each, placed so that the central openings (about

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. Please sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW and save up to 65% off the newsstand price for full online access to this issue and our archive.

Order the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.