The Moving Line


Barbara Bash / Calligraphic Performance Art / 1976 - 2014

September 24, 2014 (Boulder, CO): When Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche once said, "It is possible to make a brushstroke that expresses one's whole life" Barbara Bash took that to mean a very LARGE brushstroke. The Moving Line: Barbara Bash / Calligraphic Performance Art / 1976 – 2014 is a mini-retrospective of her work presenting the beginning of her journey to her Big Brush practice. Please join us for the opening reception on October 13, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to celebrate her work, Naropa University’s 40th Anniversary and the Grand Opening of Nalanda Campus’s White Cube Gallery. The new White Cube Gallery is located on the Nalanda Campus at 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO. Gallery hours: Monday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Barbara Bash had worked for many years as a calligrapher, studying the alphabets in use from Roman times to the Renaissance, learning the precision of the broad-edged pen. When she came in contact with Tibetan Buddhism, she was standing on a solid base of tradition and discipline, longing to leap. Barbara states, “Over the past twenty years the big brushwork has woven through my life, each time inviting that same terrifying, exhilarating leap. Because it requires large rooms, great lengths of paper, gallons of ink, and big clean-up efforts, I have frequently made the strokes in performance, inviting the world to witness. Because the whole process is so magnified, the mind opens, and anyone watching gets invited in.”

Barbara’s Big Brush paintings explode across the paper with splashes, swirls and movement. In contrast, her earlier works are quiet, introspective, colorful designs meshing words and images together. Together the images and brush strokes show Barbara’s journey and interpretation of the world we all live in and may not notice.

The Moving Line exhibit is part of Naropa University’s 40th Anniversary year-long celebration. Barbara was one of Naropa University’s first instructors as a graphic artist and teacher of calligraphy and book arts. During those years she collaborated with storytellers, dancers and musicians in performance art. This experience is being recreated with the performance The Early Years with Barbara Bash, Steve Clorfeine, Jerry Granelli, Steve Gorn, Lanny Harrison, Arawana Hayashi and Lee Worley on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Naropa University’s Performing Arts Center, Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO ($10 suggested donation). This special evening reunites some of Naropa’s founding artists, pioneers who explored the convergence of creative process and contemplative practice. Weaving music, theater, dance and visual art, the evening evokes the unique, creative potential of moment-to-moment wakefulness.

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About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2014-15, Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies with traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.