Ian Boyden > Essays

Below is list of various essays I have written and where they appeared.  Click on an essay to read it.

 

 

"Donkey Transformation: A Record of an Impromptu Performance." No one in their right mind would publish this piece. Suzhou, China, March 8, 2012.

"The Bloom of Breath," in Anna Hepler: Bloom. Suyama Space, Seattle, Washington, 2011.

"Chasing Shadows, Becoming Atlas," in Timothy C. Ely: Line of Sight.  Spokane, Washington: Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2010.

Reading Everything: A Cryptic Invitation from Ancient Iron,” in Field of the Sky.  Walla Walla, Washington: Whitman College, 2010.

Letter to the Crab Nebula,” unpublished essay written in 2009.

Echoes of Earth: Landscapes Interpreting the Terroir of Eastern Washington,” in Echoes of Earth: Landscapes Interpreting Terroir.  Walla Walla, Washington: Seven Hills Winery, 2007.

Some Observations about Frank Boyden as Collaborator and Accounts of His Book Projects at Crab Quill Press,” in Frank Boyden: Prints and Books. Co-authored with Prudence Roberts. Salem, Oregon: Hallie-Ford Museum of Art, 2006.

Nepholithos: Reveries involving the Inversion of Cloud and Stone,” in Roots of Clouds, Transcendence of Stones. Co-authored with Jennifer Boyden and Terry Toedtemeier. Walla Walla, Washington: Donald H. Sheehan Gallery (Whitman College), 2006.

The Oystercatcher and the Pearl Feather,” in The Oystercatcher and the Pearl Feather.  Walla Walla, Washington: Crab Quill Press, 2006.

The Way Can Be Found in Bricks and Shards: Juxtapositions of Image, Text, and Calligraphic Style in the Work of Hua Rende,” in Reflections on Forgotten Surfaces: The Calligraphy of Hua Rende. Walla Walla, Washington: Donald H. Sheehan Gallery (Whitman College), 2005.

Preparing for a Transcendent Voyage: The Assembly of a Chinese Scholar's Studio,” in Reflections on Forgotten Surfaces: The Calligraphy of Hua Rende. Walla Walla, Washington: Donald H. Sheehan Gallery (Whitman College), 2005.

Of Scripts and Stars: The Cipheric Aesthetics of Timothy C. Ely's Cribriform Script,” in The Tables of Jupiter: Graphic Work by Timothy C. Ely.  Walla Walla, Washington: Donald H. Sheehan Gallery (Whitman College), 2004.

Introduction” in Art of Ink in America—2002. Portland, Oregon: Contemporary Crafts Gallery, 2002.

"Stone Brushes: Three Calligraphers from Suzhou," exhibition pamphlet. Portland, Oregon: Contemporary Crafts Gallery, July 2000.

Crows and Calligraphy: Reflections on Bird Spirits,” unpublished essay written while making Bird Spirits with Frank Boyden and William Bolcom, 2000.

“Eastern Jin Epitaphic Stones—With Some Notes on the 'Lanting Xu' Debate,” translation from Chinese, original article by Hua Rende. Early Medieval China 3 (August 1997). Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University.

For I Shall Consider the Cranefly,” in A Mischievity of Craneflies: or the Roguery of Holorusia rubiginosa.  Otis, Oregon: Crab Quill Press, 1998.

The Peripatetic Brush,” in The Peripatetic Brush: Four Contemporary Chinese Calligraphers and Their Use of the Past. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University, 1995.