The Rubin Karma-Con: Studio Salon
Enjoy an evening of comics and cocktails and watch the creative process in process! A coalescing of new and old, comic artists and illustrators take a modern view of the ancient Buddhist symbol, the Wheel of Life. Visit the museum to meet artists, Molly Crabapple, Ben Granoff, Josh Neufeld, Michael Kupperman, and Katie Skelly as they create initial sketches, sell and sign their work, and share their processes of creation in an open studio setting.
The Wheel of Life is a visual 1-0-1 of Buddhist doctrine; a reminder of our Karmic responsibility to remove ourselves from the world of suffering. In conjunction with the exhibition, Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics, eight contemporary artists have been invited to reinterpret segments of the Wheel of Life based on their own spiritual and artistic experiences in a three-part series event: Karma-Con. Join the Rubin Museum of Art and comic artists and illustrators Molly Crabapple, Sanya Glisic, Ben Granoff, Rodney Greenblat, Steven Guarnaccia, Michael Kupperman, Josh Neufeld and Katie Skelly in taking a new perspective on this ancient religious image.
The Wheel of Life: (bhavachakra, srid pa'i 'khor lo) acts as a representation of samsaric existence for Buddhist practitioners. The Wheel of Life is thought to have been drawn by Shakymuni Buddha himself as a way to simply illustrate the six realms, interdependent existence and the sources of suffering.
Each artist has been given a different segment of the Wheel of Life to reinterpret:
Molly Crabapple – Hell
Sanya Glisic – Three Spiritual Poisons & The Dark and Light Path
Ben Granoff – Lord of Death
Rodney Greenblat – Animals
Steven Guarnaccia – Hungry Ghosts
Michael Kupperman – Twelve Links of Dependent Origination
Josh Neufeld – Humans
Katie Skelly – Gods/Demigods
Learn more about Karma-Con
Learn more about Hero, Villain, Yeti: Tibet in Comics
Learn more about the Wheel of Life