|Title||I Observe These Sacred Rites|
|Artist / Creator||Dr. Bob Pliny|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Structure / Binding||Coptic binding|
|Medium / Materials||Acrylic inks applied with dip pens and brushes|
|Paper Stock||Pages of a reconstituted book glued together|
|Number of Pages||100 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||10.5 x 13.75 x 1.3 inches.|
|Edition Size||Unique handmade manuscript|
|Signed & Numbered||No|
I Observe These Sacred Rites is an existential celebration of the amazing set of thought processes, which make human consciousness possible. This book uses the observance of sacred rites as a metaphor to explore the idea that, just as God, each of us experiences self-awareness within a world, which is created by our own minds. I Observe These Sacred Rites is presented as a series of short, illustrated poems concerning abilities that allow us to perceive, interpret, understand and respond to the World.
This book features colorful paintings of people, animals and objects, which are juxtaposed with large diagrams and hand written text. Change Notation, a system I have developed for diagramming experiences, is also featured. An appendix outlining the basics of Change Notation is also included at the end of the book.
—BEST OF SHOW AWARD! SACRED | PROFANE 2014.
Artist BioIn 2005 Dr. Pliny opened the Pliny Institute of Super Vision. He grew up in Salem, Oregon and currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his partner, Lucinda, and two Dachshunds. Dr. Pliny graduated with honors from The Cooper Union, NYC. At different times of his life Dr. Pliny has Dr. Bob Pliny has been making art his entire life. Most of the time the artwork produced by Dr. Bob Pliny features pen and ink and fine brush detail applied on layers of loosely applied acrylic paint. Gold leaf is sometimes used as well. The substrate is either paper or wood. Both surfaces are smooth enough to draw on that I'm able to use dip pens with India ink or liquid acrylic.