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Bhumisparsa Mudra

Bhumisparsa Mudra

Artist: Patrick Nagatani (1945 Chicago, Illinois - 2017 Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 2000
Medium: masking tape on photographic print on paper
Dimensions:
40 x 29 in. (101.6 x 73.7 cm)
Classification: Collage, Montage, & Assemblage
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase
Object number: PC2003.37.1
Not on view
Label Text:Beginning in 1982, Patrick Nagatani carefully applied cut and torn tape on top of photographs of historic sculptures, characters from popular culture, buildings, or landscapes. He called these works “tape-estries.” Commercially available masking tape is applied to a large format color photograph of a real sculpture of the Buddha so that no single, straightforward story is clearly evident. The calligraphic text in the background has been built up with layers of tape so that each character actually projects in front of the Buddha figure. As if reaching out from behind a gauzy curtain, the Buddha’s hand extends from an ethereal place into the world we inhabit. Photography is often thought of as a documentary or “factual” mode of representation, yet in his tape-covered images the artist obscures the facts, hopefully opening a passage to a different and more personal understanding.