My dog, Tyler Foote, and I made ten DANK Koans for the DANK Inaugural. Five are left and available to purchase for $20 each.
A koan is a paradoxical anecdote or riddle used to train Zen Buddhist monks to abandon dependence on reason and achieve sudden intuitive enlightenment: from the Japanese kōan, kō (public) + an (proposition).
The 1905 book I deconstructed to make the DANK Koans
I envisioned one experiencing the DANK Koans by ripping them open like a fortune cookie to contemplate what's inside. But fellow DANK artist, Kathy Frey, the first person to purchase one, told me she intends to keep hers intact and meditate on the unknowable inside.
At the DANK opening, someone stole one. I thought it was appropriate in a offensive, counterintuitive way.
Another Koan holder wants to keep hers intact for a while, in reserve for a day or moment when insight is needed, and then open it.
My dad said he would never open one. He saves things. My mom, like me, would open hers immediately. We're curious. But I am my father's daughter and I see his point too. They do look pretty. Why muck things up pondering questions with no answers?
Here is a sneak peek of one...I hope it doesn't ruin it for you...
DANK Koan interior
DANK Koans at DANK Gallery, photo by Roseanne Burke
Tyler Foote and I would be happy to pick one out for you...