無常 Mujō: Aesthetics of Impermanence 

無常 Mujō: Aesthetics of Impermanence 

Mar. 3 – Apr. 19, 2018

Opening Reception on Saturday, Mar. 3  4:30-7:30 pm
Artist Talk on Tuesday, Mar. 6 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Originating in Buddhism, the Japanese term mujō means impermanence or transience. The term describes the condition of experience and existence which is continually subject to change. Mujō represents the traditional Japanese mores of the interaction of life and nature, contributing to the aesthetics of the concept of impermanence and enlightenment.

In her current series of work, Rio Suzuki explores the idea of finding surprising beauty in unstable and imperfect conditions. Her process of using acrylic paint and water is largely improvisational and relies on chance, thereby offering unexpected and surprising results. As a result of this free flow and spontaneous execution that displays a frozen moment of emerging fascination, Suzuki’s paintings create balance between random disorder and structure, as well as harmony that co-exists in nature.

Yumiko Glover’s recent work is the reflection of the transience of life, the unexpected transience or impermanence of the material world. Moreover, of life and death. Such an aesthetic of this type of sensibility represents a state of mind to appreciate the ephemeral. Although it only lasts for a short period, its preciousness should not be forgotten. As the descendent of both victims and survivors of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima, by combining and assembling multimedia materials, Glover is representing the preciousness of those lives that existed during past, present and future wars.

(img: Yumiko Glover: Evanescence 08.06, 2018. Wood and Kimono Fabric. 48″ x 55″ x 7″)

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