Exploring our place and time here on earth as individuals with unique voices
and as a part of a larger, complex community and world.
What connections are in our shared body of work?
Feeling & reflecting like water, lighting the fire within, noticing the divine & physical in a moment and the elusiveness of time, being present in each other's company while also alone in our personal journeys...just another day in this place called here.
In addition to being a form of art, Ikebana (“living flowers”) can be a spiritual practice.
In this traditional form,
called Shoka from the Ikenobo school, the concept of shin (heaven), soe (earth), tai (human)
is repeated in the scotch broom branches and irises in the arrangement.
The practice of arranging the flowers and our experience of the arrangement as spectators bring an opportunity for awareness of the divine, the earthly and the human state of our existence in each moment.
This series exists at
the edge of our collective soul. It invites reaction
because it feels liminal & unfinished, much as we feel about ourselves.
It is inspired by works that explore the intersection of form & matter with void & energy: the Hereford Mappa Mundi; the medieval monastic T-O maps; Kandinsky's Concerning the Spiritual in Art; and, i felt it myself, by Jamie Kruse.
Buddhists believe everyone has the potential to become a Buddha. We can follow a path of those who came before
us or we can pursue a path uniquely our own. Who do you want to be?
Daughter and mother. Jaipur, India, 2009
Little boy and Buddha. White Horse Buddhist Temple, Luoyang, Henan, China, 2016
Arlene Kim Suda
Exploring negative space on the canvas brought awareness to the spaces we experience in our individual and collective lives. Sometimes we can feel alone and together, sometimes together but alone.
This is Portuguese for “thanks for visiting”- something Chris used to say.
Dia de los Muertos
Nov 2nd, 2015, Garfield Park, San Francisco
The Whale is a swimming library
Here when it all began
Here when we make our transition
It remembers your footprint on the world
Staying underwater for periods
Sustaining great pressure
Always coming back up for air
And so must we
I am grateful you were my brother
Hanna M. Hedley
Three fox faces all put into one to symbolize all of them helping to keep the family running.
This lotus flower symbolizes all the things in the world, some big and important and some small and unimportant, smushed into one place.
Into the wind
The cleansing ringing of the chimes
The ancient hills
Were bathed in light
A light to wash away
Filth and crime depraved
Dark sky that gave way
To rising fire
The dying source of waking life
Await the earth
To tilt the season in the sky
The wind whipped hills
Beneath the halo of the light
Spirits mixed in air
Flickering with life
Spreading origin of time
Video by Elisa Chiu
Arlene Kim Suda
This paper collage is based on Buckminster Fuller’s dymaxion
map projection of the world.
This projection became know as the “Airocean World Map” and emphasized the idea that we are all part of “one island in one ocean”. It is in the form of an icosahedron (20 face polyhedron).
1. Here III (1965-66), Barnett Newman
Whitney Museum, NYC. "I hope that my painting has the impact of giving someone, as it did me, the feeling of his own totality, of his own separateness, of his own individuality."
2. Today (1966–2013), On Kawara
On Kawara’s Date Paintings record nothing more than the date on which they were made. Kawara produced nearly 3,000 of them over more than four decades.
3. Spiral Jetty (1970), Robert Smithson
Great Salt Lake, Utah. Disappearing and reemerging, bound to site...the work exists in a state of permanent flux. “One apprehends what is around one’s eyes and ears, no matter how unstable or fugitive.”
4. Untitled (1967), Vivian Maier
Maier worked as a nanny for most of her life but took photographs in her spare time. Her illustrious body of work was not fully noticed and appreciated by the public until after her death.
5. Map (1967-71), Jasper Johns
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany.
6. Yamal Peninsula, Siberia, Russia (2011), Sebastião Salgado
"I don’t believe a person has a style. What people have is a way of photographing what is inside them. What is there comes out." - Excerpt from an interview with Ken Lassiter
7. Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes
Plath...on writing. She was here to write, even if only for a short time.
...and an excerpt from the poem Moon-Whales by Ted Hughes found while searching for his poem The Remains of Elmet (still searching!)
8. Dialogue, Lee Ufan, 2015
“When I see a scene that has been somewhat ordered, I try to see the chaos that has been eliminated. When I see a neglected and disorderly scene, my eyes move toward its invisible order.”
9. My Desk 1/29/12 (1/2 Scale), 2012, Spencer Finch
I think we all can relate to the space around our desk as something more abstract than the ordinary items that surround us there. Maybe this can inspire some new work for someone?