Mi, Mystery, acrylic on canvas, 20"x20", 2010
The seventh Sweetcake Enso exhibit opens tomorrow at Dharma Rain in Portland Oregon! Above is Mystery, by Mi. The artist writes:
Purple. It’s a basic and familiar color, yet naturally rare, occurring only in the occasional flower or in the deepening shadows of twilight. I used it in this painting as a jumping off point to examine the way in which our minds identify objects — such as colors — and can be lulled into a sense of complacency when it comes to apparent knowledge. Each square represents a purple, but which one is the true color, the one we mean when we use the word to designate it in the generic sense? A “square” way of thinking — the one favored by the analytical mind — is all sharp edges, certain corners, and clear differences. Yet it leaves the question unanswered — multiple purples proliferate in response. A more subtle approach, that characterized by “circular” thinking, allows for sinuous realities and unity through blending, thus coherency (here represented by the color white) can emerge. This is the zen mind!
Artists in this exhibit are Sanford Biggers, Shin'ei Alison Brown, Noah Fischer, Todd Gilens, Max Gimblett, Howard Kohen Houseknecht, Gregg Hill, Chris Hoge, Sybil Shinju Kavan, Bren Kleinfelder, Theresa Lahaie, Geri P'Arang Larkin, Genine Lentine, Kichung Eiko Liz Lizee, Richard Koken Macken, Mi, Karen Schiff, Tina Soen Schrager, Fran Shalom, Bridget Spaeth, Lesley Strother, Karen Swallow, Maria Wallace, Allison Watkins, and Timothy Wicks.
The exhibit will be held in the Zendo at the corner of SE 25th and Madison, Thursday from 7:00-9:00 pm, Friday from 7:00-9:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00-4:00.