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Ron Cobb’s Philosophical Mandala

July 19th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Ron Cobb is known particularly for his crisp and trenchant political cartoons, which were once a staple of the underground press.  He also designed the ecology flag, contributed designs to a number of movies, and did many other things.  However, this enchanting diagram, buried in a copy of the East Village Other (August 27, 1969) is something else: a splendid mandala depicting the variety of human consciousness.  I don’t quite understand it yet, but will keep looking at it.


(Posted by Doug Skinner)


Tags: Cartoons · Symbols · The Ineffable

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anthony Matt // Jul 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Wow! This is great. It appears he might have been an influenced on Paul Laffoley.

  • 2 Doug // Jul 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Yes, it’s very Laffoley-like, isn’t it? And different from most of Cobb’s work.

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