At Edward Hopper Art Center and Museum in NY in November

Today I got great news: 3 of my artist’s books on “Mindfulness” will be on exhibition at “Small Matters of Great Importance”, curated by Michelle Donnelly, Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The exhibition celebrates small works on paper that make big statements and will be held in two gallery rooms of Edward Hopper’s birthplace and family home, now a non-profit art center and museum. According to The Huffington Post, the Edward Hopper’s House of Art and Museum is one of “The 13 best New York art spots that aren’t in NYC”. I’ll post photos of my work when the exhibition opens Nov. 19, running until Jan. 8, 2017.

HOY RECIBI EXCELENTES NOTICIAS PUES 3 DE MIS LIBROS DE ARTISTA SOBRE MEDITACION O EL ESTADO DE “NO-MENTE” ESTARAN EN EXPOSICION EN EL Museo y Centro de Arte Edward Hopper EN NUEVA YORK. LA EXPOSICION SE CONCENTRA EN OBRAS HECHAS SOBRE PAPEL Y ES CURADA POR MICHELLE DONNELLY, CURADORA DEL MUSEO WHITNEY DE NUEVA YORK. ESTA CASA MUSEO FUE EL LUGAR DONDE NACIO Y CRECIO EL FAMOSO PINTOR EDWARD HOPPER Y DE ACUERDO AL PERIODICO HUFFINGTON POST ES UNO DE LOS 13 MEJORES ESPACIOS DE ARTE EN NUEVA YORK QUE NO ESTAN DENTRO DE LA CIUDAD. PONDRE FOTOS DE LAS PIEZAS CUANDO LA EXPO ABRA EN NOV.19, CULMINANDO EN ENERO 8 DEL 2017.

New etchings now in Gothenburg, Sweden

Grafik i Väst has just received 8 of my etchings from copper plates. To see and/or purchase my etchings or woodcuts online please click on this link

Grafik i Väst is a gallery specialized in fine art printmaking representing local and international artists. If you’re visiting Gothenburg, this is a great stop where you can ask to see my prints and the works of some amazing printmakers, located in the middle of town, in an area full of culture and fun:

Address: Storgatan 20, 411 38 Gothenburg.

Opening times: Wed. 12-18, Thurs.- Sun. 12-16. Closed between Jun. 9 – Aug.3.

Phone: 031-711 38 39 or 0700181873. E-mail: giv@ramverk.se.

                                                                                        Photos by Photographer Anastasia Khan, 2011

 

Exhibitions now through August

I feel humbly fortunate to be exhibiting this summer in several locations in Korea and abroad, to have met so many brilliant Curators and to be a small part of their ideas, visions, dreams and themes, some of which aim to promote social change and focus on the belief that art has provocative and transformative qualities. Below are the venues and for ART BUSAN these are their hours: 

May 20 (Friday) until 22 (Sunday) from 12:00 -22:00
May 23 (Monday) from 11:00 – 17:00

Invitation summary of exhibitions spring summer 2016

Artists’ books as an alternative kind of “Prescription”

“Intimate and cathartic” refers to both: the process of making a book and the process of reading. Book as an object encourages intimate interaction between the maker and the object, the object and the reader. Art as an activity veers towards the cathartic experiences between the artist and the object; the object and the viewer. Adding to that a medical context, results Medical Humanities and an approach, which considers artist’s books as a tool to aid healing and facilitate communication between doctors and patients.”

“I was honoured to co-curate Prescriptions exhibition, which is now open until August 14 at Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury. The exhibition is part of Artists’ Books and Medical Humanities project by the University of Kent’s School of English.”  Excerpt from our Curator Egidija Čiricaitė’s beautiful blog piece. A must read!

Photos of the private view day can be seen here. For the online catalog please click here.

 

“No Mind” spool book is now part of Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities project by the University of Kent.

 

 

“Voyage, voyage” last stop was Germany but will it be the last stop for these artists?

Certainly not! This travelling exhibition about the artist as nomad did a final stop in Atelierhausen in Aachen, Germany where it opened up with a wonderful party including performance and installations. Photos can be seen here. The international artists chosen for this show have experienced many journeys and will probably continue moving and retelling their stories, changing their perspectives as they mature and evolve. Perhaps that’s the beauty of not committing to just one place and allowing yourself to see the world from different angles: Amira Al-Sharif, Gaby Berglund Cardenas, Milene Evers, Cora de Lang, Teppo Korte, A+B, Pernille Londstrup, Wolfgang in der Wiesche & Kyongju Park, Marie-Josée Comello, Sonja Mischor, Gerhard Gunter and Hella Frowein-Hagenah. Very grateful to be part of this project curated by Jeroen Van Paassen and running until May 15th.

 

 

 

About “No Mind”: my book for upcoming UK exhibition

A couple of good friends from Sweden asked me to explain/show more about my artist book/scroll, so here it is:  “For centuries Buddhist monks have used meditation to obtain enlightenment. In the early 17th century Zen monks drew Enso circles with brush and ink as a form of meditation. More recently, physicians have employed meditation to successfully help treat certain disorders. I studied Buddhism and meditation after moving to S. Korea and sitting daily for long periods, handwriting repeatedly the words “no mind” allowed me to quiet my mind and body as well as to empty my mind. “No mind” is a Zen expression equivalent to being mindful, present. I made a scroll that became 1,6 meter long and it evolved into a series.”

My scroll book was later chosen for “Prescriptions” (Ap.21-Aug.14, 2016), an exhibition of book art about mindfulness, body/mind, art as medicine/medicine as art and artists’ books as illness narratives, to supplement Martha Hall’s exhibition of works as part of Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities symposium and workshop, organised by University of Kent and University of New England.

But, who was Martha Hall? In 1989, when Martha Smith Hall was on the verge of a new career (she was 39 then), close to completing her Master’s of Business Administration from Dartmouth’s Tuck School and headed for a high-powered job in advertising, she received her first diagnosis of breast cancer.

Remission from the disease followed a litany of treatments and for 10 years she thrived in business, rising to a director position. Then she received her second diagnosis: a recurrence of breast cancer, she quit her job and moved back to Maine, her home state. She molded her schedule around a streaming succession of treatments—radiation, chemotherapy, counseling, more prescription drugs than she could organize. And she returned to art, which she’d studied as a Smith undergraduate, not only for pleasure, but therapy. Eventually, she concentrated on creating artist’s books to express her experience in dealing with cancer, and through which she realized emotional release, communication with her loved ones, and the creation of a legacy.

Hall’s books, composed of poems, prose passages, ironic quotes by health professionals and striking images, are intensely moving in their directness and chronicling of a receding life. Her books achieve a rare balance of artistic beauty and poignant meaning. She continued producing books during the next five years as her health steadily deteriorated and her artistic ability developed substantially.


The Rest of My Life, by Martha A. Hall, November 2000

In 2001, Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books in Smith’s Mortimer Rare Book Room,purchased Hall’s The Rest of My Life, a poetic reflection on the duration of her treatment, artistically crafted in scribbled notes and organized in a box like a Rolodex file. Other books address aspects of her life with breast cancer, such as one titled Prescriptions; a piercing work called Voices: Five Doctors Speak; and a particularly moving card catalogue compilation of remembrances of similarly afflicted acquaintances called Ghost Friends.


Voices: Five Doctors Speak, by Martha A. Hall, August 1998

Hall died in 2003 survived by her husband and two daughters. On the same year, Antonetti curated an exhibition of Hall’s books in the Mortimer Rare Book Room, which later traveled to Bowdoin and Wellesley colleges and Yale University. The exhibit I’m part of at The Beaney Museum in Canterbury, “Prescriptions”, loaned books from the University of New England to share her insights with a much wider readership.

“Martha the person was a victim of a dreadful disease, but Martha the artist was a healer,” “Martha shows us the catalyzing power of art. In over two decades of curating exhibitions, this has been the most significant, emotionally charged and personally rewarding project.” (Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books in Smith’s Mortimer Rare Book Room)

Artist's book "NO MIND", Gaby Berglund Cardenas, 2015

Artist’s book “NO MIND”, by Gaby Berglund Cardenas for “Prescriptions” Exhibition