vaste et évident – mind way – shin dao

© suschnee, 2007 / b. mulvihill, 2013

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© suschnee, 2007 / b. mulvihill, 2013

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vaste et évident – mind way – shin dao

May 2 – June 6, 2015

Saturday, May 2 at 5 pm

Commented Visit with the artists
(in English with bilingual Q & A)
Saturday, May 16 at 4 pm

Over years of ongoing conversation, suschnee and bryan mulvihill discussed ways in which art making could be of benefit to others. It always came back to the motivation, the state of mind that is applied to the act of making art. Ultimately, it is the mind that makes and experiences a work of art. vaste et évident – mind way – shin dao investigates the mind in its most fundamental state. Not the everyday thinking, remembering mind, but rather cognitive awareness itself, referred to in Eastern traditions as primordial awareness: that which is fundamentally present in all living beings. 

The “way” of the title points to the creative processes used in making works. Utilizing technical skills that require long periods of intense concentration reveals the attentive mind like a reflection of the moon in water. Acts of deep looking allow the mind to settle. Precise repetitive action gives rise to harmony and calm alertness. The works exhibited reflect focused attention to the creative nature of the mind through the progressive development of technical skills that allow the artist to experience open, clear concentration of the mind. It is the artists’ wish that these works inspire a sense of harmony, tranquility and insight in the mind of the viewer.

suschnee and bryan mulvihill dedicate this exhibition to the memory of Daniel Dion, dear friend and collaborator. It was with Daniel’s enthusiasm and insistence that they proposed to show together at OBORO. Daniel said he would join them as curator before he passed away last September.

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suschnee’s Diamond in the Rose tearose works are deep seeing into the impermanence of the natural world, a world that is in a constant state of flux and transformation. The works are created with great detail, similar in the manner of a traditional Buddhist mandala or thangka. su’s Cloud Journal works are done spontaneously as the actual clouds pass overhead. Ideas, quotes, and passing journal-like impressions are included in the moment of creation.

bryan mulvihill

bryan mulvihill’s “caligraffiti” is a homage to the cut-up and permutation processes passed on by Brion Gysin, who along with William Burroughs, explored these techniques as a method to free the word into an open state of visual association. mulvihill and Gysin shared a long practice of calligraphy from China, Japan and Arabic countries. With Brion’s encouragement, bryan applied permutations to Zen Koan, expressions of enlightened states of mind.