James Stanford's Shimmering Zen of the Mandala | Ideel Art

Lucky Lady

Lucky Lady

To create his re-imagined, contemporary mandalas, Stanford turns to the signs and symbols representing the deities of Las Vegas—casinos, hotels, and bars. He photographs their historic neon facades, and Googie architectural elements, cropping various bits and pieces from the photos, which he then uses as the building blocks for geometrically repeating patterns. The center dot for his compositions is not a deity, but rather a visualfocus point from whence the shapes, lines, colors, and patterns—building blocks of abstract art—evolve. Metaphorically, the images Stanford appropriates for these compositions relate back to a nostalgic starting point when his own life was beginning. By cropping and digitally altering the source photographs he is rearranging their essential elements, shattering them like jewels whose infinite shards now might reflect each other forever into time and space.

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