The middle gallery iMOCA features California artist Jose Di Gregorio’s installation, TrA, which holds the essence of a planetarium and a mandala. This fall, Di Gregorio took his young children to the planetarium at the Lawrence Hall Of Science in Berkeley, CA. While constellations may seem like nothing more than memory aids to distinguish particular stars, they also remind us how small we are in the universe and that this is part of what makes us important to each other. One constellation in particular caught DiGregorio’s attention, the small Triangulum Australe (TrA) in the southern sky.
“Romanticizing how impossibly far and esoteric the three stars that make up the constellation are,” explained Di Gregorio, “I held my daughters’ hands. Our worries, problems, the color of our skin, how much we own; the details of our lives mean nothing in the universe. If we were to leave earth we would mean nothing. It’s only through our interactions, whether they be negative or positive, with each other that we truly exist.”
To create a mandala with the constellation, TrA uses the principles of the Net of Indra. It stretches out infinitely in all directions and is associated with the motionless timeless center of the universe. To illustrate theses concepts of emptiness, as well as interpenetration, ten circles that form a density in its design. TrA serves as the equilateral triangle increasingly obscured within the circles.
A Herron School of Art and Design alumni, Jose Di Gregorio has shown work at the Tangent , Bows and Arrows, Milk, Fe, Ridley Galleries and other places across the Pacific Northwest. Di Gregorio lives in Sacramento with his wife and two daughters.
All our programs and exhibitions are made possible with support from The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, The Efroymson Family Fund, Deer Zink Foundation, KEJ Foundation, the Indianapolis Foundation, The Tracy Haddad Foundation, The Netherleigh Fund, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Murphy Arts L.L.C., Faegre Baker Daniels, Penrod Foundation, and Big Car Art + Design.