There’s looking at art, and then there’s going into a deep meditative space, and looking at the same art again. What you see the first time around may not be what you see the second.
The show features paintings and drawing from new and established artists with daily seminars on meditation, breath work and other New Age practices.
From insomniac John Shashaty who produces abstract drawings in the wee hours of the morning to floral designer Bina Kim who launched her nature-inspired drawing career after seeing a wave picture in the restaurant that displays her flowers, the show’s theme hits on change.
Artist Kim, originally from Seoul, South Korea, drew her work “Serenity No. 2” as a way to transform her emotions. The piece features a giant wave crashing, with detailed light contrast in a reflection below.
“Frustration, anger, vulnerability, these were the emotions,” she said. “’Then I scribbled. After I finished I felt really calm.”
The show is co-curated by Marina Dojchinov and Connie Rose.
Rose is also an artist. The New York City-based painter, hailing from England, started in portraits and moved to abstract surrealism.
”I always add birds into my art, since a style change, about three years ago,” Rose said in front of her work where a giant eye appeared to be embedded into a hillside. “My style changed into this surreal abstract style, and birds are a symbol of freedom or journey and they always make something look like a landscape.”
Rose was inspired to launch the show in part from her own experience with breath work and witnessing her own death. Whether the vision was real or not, it continues to help her in times of crises, she said. While traveling in El Salvador, she said that she saw herself taken to a dessert and in need of nothing. Everything she could have needed was within her, she said, and she felt the presence of her deceased uncle.
Raised an atheist, Rose said that she is now spiritually following meditative practices.
“I think everyone wants happiness and peace and helping people change the way they think for the better is going to help them,” Rose said in regards to movement meditation and habit changes.
Painter William Van Doren had a habit that evolved.
Once a New York City literary agent and Los Angeles ghost writer, Van Doren eventually moved to Virginia where he painted the same sunset every day for 11 years. He started as a painter of record, making each piece as realistic as possible. Then, his work evolved into abstractions. He said he wanted to express what we all can’t see.
In his work “Masque,” bars cross suggestive of the sunset, and rings float between them.
“The transformation is from the visual to the non-visual, something we can’t see, but then make it visual again,” he said.