Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God:

Creating each page of this installation was a process of rediscovering the imagery from 30 years of work as a conceptual artist. Some pieces are based on location drawings completed in India and Tibet. The text not only incorporates current, ancient, and sacred languages from Devanigari Sanskrit to Peshitta Aramaic; from modern Greek and Tibetan to futuristic Vulcan; from binary code to musical notation, but also offers passages from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Old and New Testaments, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Buddhist texts, and modern physics.

As an archetype of universality and wholeness, the circular form of the installation gives viewers a portal to enter, so they can move toward the center of the mandala and the interior of the “artspace” itself. To create a sacred space, 21 pages numbered in primes are hung as a result of chance after casting the I-Ching.

Each work has seven layered pages—seven being the archetype of completeness. The length and width of each piece is phi, the ratio 1.618, known as the enigmatic Golden Ratio. The paper—handmade from the Daphne plant of the Himalayan foothills and used by Buddhists for their woodblock printed prayer books and mantras—was transported from Nepal to my studio for this artwork.

This installation binds the old with the new world in its content, materials, and a vision that everything moves toward the center.

This installation investigates the possibility of breaking down pervasive dichotomies between thought and reality, self and other. When viewers read visual elements intuitively rather than literally, the mind is awakened to its relationship to the world. Unimpeded by preconceptions, interpretations, or meaning—the mind is free to experience the unfolding present. Thus, a more primal, holistic experience that dismantles perception can occur in each moment of life or when viewing artwork.

Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Photograph by Margie Shoop
First exhibit reception
November, 2013
Photograph by Margie Shoop
12 feet by 12 feet
$1,200 per image unframed
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Paper, ink, gouache, cable, pcv pipe
Overall View: Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God
2013
Paper, ink, gouache, cable, pcv pipe
12' diameter
$1200 per page unframed

Visitors walk into the circle to view the works. In this form, the pages are unframed. However, they can be exhibited in frames on a wall.

Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Paper, ink, gouache, cable, fishing line, pcv
Overall Floor View: Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God
2013
Paper, ink, gouache, cable, fishing line, pcv
12' diameter
1200 per image unframed

The last few images of this file are photographs of the first gallery reception of this work.
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Daphne paper, ink, gouache, fishing line.
Detail at the Entrance: Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God
2013
Daphne paper, ink, gouache, fishing line.
12' diameter
$1,200 per page unframed

Also, go to the end of this four page file to see images of the first opening reception of the work.

Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink, gouache, Daphne paper, fishing line, cable, pcv
Inside: Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God
2013
Ink, gouache, Daphne paper, fishing line, cable, pcv
12' diameter
$1,200 per page unframed

Photographed from inside the circle.
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Two Prime: Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$850 unframed

Background text is a working formula for the unified field theory.

Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Three Prime: Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$850 unframed

The Aramaic text is from the Gospel of Mark.
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Five Prime: Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$850 unframed

The Chinese text is the first chapter from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.

Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Seven Prime: Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
Sold

Background Chinese text is the first chapter from the writings of Chaung Tsu.
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Eleven Prime: Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$850 unframed

The background text is from the Upanishads

Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Thirteen Prime: Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$850 unframed

The sankrit transliteration text; "Not this, not that, not anything the rational mind can concieve of."
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and gouache on handmade Daphne paper
Page 17 Prime: Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God
2012
Ink and gouache on handmade Daphne paper
26" x 16"
$850 unframed

Fibonacci series numbers on the background. Foreground is Sakya Monastery, Tibet.

Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Nineteen Prime: Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God
2013
Ink on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$850 unframed

The writing is page one, verse one from the Hindu Vedas.
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Twenty-Three Prime: Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God
2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
Sold: Frankenfield Collection

The music score is from John Adams Pulitzer Prize winning score, "On The Transmigration of Souls," dedicated to those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks.

Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne paper
Page Twenty-Nine Prime: Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God
2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne paper
16" x 26"
$850 unframed

Coptic script, New Testiment
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Thirty-One Prime: Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God
2013
Ink on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$850 unframed

The vertical text is Chapter 1, verse 1 through 11, of Genesis (in Hebrew). The image is a Tibetan Buddhist woman in a blissful state of awakening.

Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Thirty-Seven Prime: Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God
2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$850 unframed

The text is the original German script from the last chapter of Herman Hesse's book, Siddhartha. Image shows a pastoral scene with a thatched roof cottage and a map along a river and pathway, pilgrimage route.
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Forty-One Prime: Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26
Sold: Darrell Wolfe Collection

Tikse Monastery with Tibetan Script; Om Mani Padmi Hum, in the background.

Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Forty-Three Prime: Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$850 unframed

Buddhist Stupa Temple in Patan, Kathmandu. Background: Japanese Zen Koan; The Story of the Broken Tea Pot.
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Forty-Seven Prime: Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$850 unframed

Background text is "The War Scroll," from the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Fifty-Three Prime: Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
$850 unframed

Sanskrit text from the Vedas
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Fifty-Nine Prime: Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God
2013
Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16"x 26"
$850 unframed

Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Sepia Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Sixty-One Prime: Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
2013
Sepia Ink and Gouache on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26" unframed
$850 unframed

Sabu Monastery. Tibetan Mantra, Om Mani Padmi Hum
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Sepia Ink on handmade Himalayan Daphne paper
Page Sixty-Seven Prime: Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
2013
Sepia Ink on handmade Himalayan Daphne paper
16" x 26
$850 unframed

Figure in foreground. Vulcan language. Last words of a dying Vulcan.

Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Sepia Ink on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Seventy-One Prime: Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
2013
Sepia Ink on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26
Sold: Darrell Skip Wolfe Collection

Tree of Life in a traditional Mandala setting. Text around the image; Names of God beginning with the letter "A" in binary code.
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Sepia Ink on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
Page Seventy-Three Prime: Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God
2013
Sepia Ink on Handmade Himalayan Daphne Paper
16" x 26"
Sold: Barbara Wolfe Collection

Toling Monastery. Text: Human rights letter handed to the artists when he was sketching in the Potala, Lhasa, Tibet. The letter has been published and was read at the U.N. meeting on human rights abuses by China.

Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Graphite on paper
Hanging Plan
Graphite on paper
NFS

Many preliminary drawings were created for this installation. Although this series can be hung in a traditional wall setting, ideally, they would be hung unframed as an installation. This is a view of the plan for mounting the pages. The viewer will walk inside of the 12 foot circle.
Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Cardboard, wood, paint, mustard seed, Himalayan paper
Reliquia Dei
2013
Cardboard, wood, paint, mustard seed, Himalayan paper
1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
NFS

These relics are given away at the exhibition opening when the work is shown in the round. The boxes are signed and numbered to infinity. Inside is a single mustard seed and a universal peace mantra written on a piece of Himalayan paper. The boxes are sealed.

Philip Sugden, Artist Pages From The Manual On Dismantling God Photograph by Margie Shoop
Opening reception
November, 2013
Photograph by Margie Shoop
12' diameter
$1,200 per image unframed
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