Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sweetcake Enso Opening at the Empty Hand Zen Center, Saturday October 2nd and 3rd, 12:00-5:00

Anne Humanfeld, 100 Different China, 18x12 collage and monoprint on 30x24" nylon.  As designated by the artists all proceeds from this sale are to benefit the Empty Hand Zen Center.

Sweetcake Enso draws attention to the abstract circle as a symbol of presentness in daily life, and opens out the traditional calligraphy of the Enso to include the work of Buddhist artists that is thriving in the contemporary art context.  Alongside of Zen Master Nonin Chowaney’s traditional calligraphy will be that of artists more internationally known in the contemporary art context, such as Sanford Biggers, Noah Fischer, and Max Gimblett.  Above is an image by Anne Humanfeld, a member of the Empty Hand Zen Center. Sweetcake Enso will also include the work of local community artists, and is traveling from Zen center to Zen center in order to showcase their work in the context of larger Buddhist community.

The inaugural exhibition at the Empty Hand Zen Center in New Rochelle coincides with the opening of the Hakuin show at the Japan Society, a very rare opportunity for people in this country to see the work of a Japanese Zen master of a distant century. Exhibited alongside of Hakuin at the Japan Society is the work of Max Gimblett, below, also in the Sweetcake Enso exhibitions.  Sweetcake Enso exhibits are a tribute to the teachers who have come before us and those who are with us now, to an exchanging of the bones from one generation to the next.  As these exhibits move from Zen center to Zen center they will be raising funds to support the tradition of the student-teacher relationship. 

Max Gimblett, Sweet Cake, sumi ink, Thai Garden embossed handmade paper, 22 1/4x30 1/2", 2001, as designated by the artist all proceeds  from this sale are to benefit the San Francisco Zen Center.

The Empty Hand Zen Center is located  at 45 Lawton Street, New Rochelle, New York, 10801.  Directions can be found here.

The work in these exhibitions is for sale.  To make an inquiry please contact Catherine Seigen Spaeth,

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