art by Arlene Kim Suda

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You Are Here 2016

YOU ARE HERE 2016


#YouAreHereSF2016

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.

Shoka 2016

SHOKA 2016

Sumi Suda

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.



UNTITLED 2016
UNTITLED 1993

Doria Fan

Untitled


T-O MAPS 3, 4 & 5

T-O MAP NO. 3: INTERSECTION
T-O MAP NO. 4: SIGNA
T-O MAP NO. 5: ABYSS

Laura Plato

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.



WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE?

Steve Suda

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

Who Do You Want to Be?


Reflection (David Yu) & Where Next / It Is Decidedly So (Gretchen Wustrack)

REFLECTION

David Yu

WHERE NEXT &
IT IS DECIDEDLY SO

Gretchen Wustrack



ALONE TOGETHER
TOGETHER ALONE

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.

Alone Together, Together Alone


Obrigado Pela Visita

OBRIGADO PELA VISITA

Catherine Southard

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



IN THE FIRE AND THE SPACES IN BETWEEN

Belinda Liu

In the Fire & the Spaces in Between


Three Fox Faces & Lotus Flower

TRIPLE FOX FACES &
LOTUS FLOWER

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.



ALTA PLAZA

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
Swirling blustering
Brightness radiating
Spreading origin of time

Video by Elisa Chiu












SOUND EXPERIENCES

Tom Kelly

The only instruction from the artist is that you close your eyes when listening to each of these 3 sounds. If you feel inspired, please share what comes to your mind.

Sound #1

Sound #2

Sound #3




We Are Here (Map of Our World)

WE ARE HERE
(MAP OF OUR WORLD)

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).



You Are Here 2016

ART FOR INSPIRATION [left to right]




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.

You Are Here 2016




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.

You Are Here 2016




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

You Are Here 2016


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!)

You Are Here 2016




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?

  • Art to inspire us

    The list/collection of art for inspiration above are works that made me think of our theme "You Are Here".

    The art spans the mediums of painting, sculpture and photography and in time, I will add some poetry, writing and music references.

    If you have works of art that inspire you that you'd like to share, send me your suggestions -- or post directly on your favorite sites using: #YouAreHereSF2016

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