a.k.a. ZEN

March 2 - March 27, 2011

March 2, 2011 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Opening reception: March 4, 2011 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

a.k.a. ZEN

Featuring works by Dawn Arrowsmith, Meris Barreto, Lisa Cahill, Laura De Santillana, Merion Estes, Gregory Frank Harris, Maxwell Hendler, Otis Jones, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Minoru Kawabata, Masatoyo Kishi, Scott Malbaurn, Robert Motherwell, Sumiye Eugenia Okoshi, Harue Shimomoto, Jack Zajac, Eric Zammitt.

David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present a.k.a. ZEN, a group exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculptures featuring contemporary and historic artwork from the 1960s through1990s that were either inspired by Zen philosophies or evoke a Zen sensibility. The exhibition is divided into four sections, each focused on an aspect of Zen and in separate gallery spaces. The first, at the core of Zen philosophy, is gestural abstraction with an element of chance, evocative of the spontaneity in nature. Non-illusionistic and capturing just the essence of an object, includes works by Meris Barreto, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Minoru Kawabata, Masatoyo Kishi, Scott Malbaurn and Robert Motherwell.

The second gallery is focused on meditation, which is a loose translation of the word Zen and a key aspect of Zen practice to attain enlightenment. Typically seated in a lotus or half lotus position during meditation, the practitioner regulates their mind by focusing on breathing, posture or some other object. These are referred to as anchors, such as the meditation centers exhibited in the artwork by Dawn Arrowsmith, Merion Estes, Sumiye Eugenia Okoshi and Eric Zammitt, along with the Bodhi sculptures of Laura De Santillana.

The work of Lisa Cahill, Gregory Frank Harris, Harue Shimomoto and Jack Zajac in the third section shifts the emphasis away from the material world and towards nature, becoming one with the universe where there is no difference between the infinite and finite, just a continuum. The fourth gallery features the art of Maxwell Hendler and Otis Jones, which focuses on minimal and reductive forms that cause discovery, contemplation and introspection.


Exhibited Work

Chanakuh _3 Leon Berkowitz
Chanakuh #3
Oil on canvas
1978
40 1/4 x 50 inches
 
Light Green Bodhi Laura De Santillana
Light Green Bodhi
Blown glass, silvered
2006
18 1/2 x 15 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches
 
Red Bodhi Laura De Santillana
Red Bodhi
Blown glass, silvered
2010
21 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches
 
Orange Bodhi Laura De Santillana
Orange Bodhi
Blown glass, silvered
2010
15 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches
 
Light Violet Bodhi Laura De Santillana
Light Violet Bodhi
Blown Glass, Silvered
2008
22 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
 
Silver Bodhi Laura De Santillana
Silver Bodhi
Blown glass, silvered
2008
22 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
 
Lost Horizons _39 Merion Estes
Lost Horizons #39
Paper collage, photo transfer, and paint on arches
2009
44 x 30 inches
 
Galaxy (14 panels) Merion Estes
Galaxy (14 panels)
Oil on panel
1991
12 x 15 x 18 inches
 
Lost Horizons _46 Merion Estes
Lost Horizons #46
Paper collage, photo transfer, and paint on arches
2009
44 x 30 inches
 
Dark Passage Maxwell Hendler
Dark Passage
Resin on wood
2007
22 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches
 
Actual Size Maxwell Hendler
Actual Size
Resin on wood
2008
6 x 8 1/2 inches
 
Dark Music Maxwell Hendler
Dark Music
Resin on wood
2005
13 x 15 1/2 inches
 
Zoot Maxwell Hendler
Zoot
Resin on wood
2005
21 1/2 x 25 inches
 
Arrow Series Matsumi Kanemitsu
Arrow Series
Sumi ink on paper
1964
29 x 22 1/2 inches
 
Broken Kite Matsumi Kanemitsu
Broken Kite
Lithograph
1975
35 x 27 inches
 
Nov _2 Matsumi Kanemitsu
Nov #2
Acrylic on canvas
1968
30 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches
 
QZ _5 Matsumi Kanemitsu
QZ #5
Sumi ink on paper
1957
29 x 22 3/4 inches
 
Study for Window Matsumi Kanemitsu
Study For Window
Ink on paper
1961
11 3/4 x 11 inches
 
Cat Matsumi Kanemitsu
Cat
Sumi ink on paper
1958
25 x 19 5/8 inches
 
Pacific Series - 2 AM Matsumi Kanemitsu
Pacific Series - 2 AM
Sumi ink on paper
1972
39 1/4 x 28 7/8 inches
 
Yellow Slow Minoru Kawabata
Yellow Slow
Acrylic on canvas
1965
64 x 44 inches
 
Untitled Masatoyo Kishi
Untitled
Oil on canvas
1963
51 x 76 inches
 
Growth _1 James Kuo
Growth #1
Acrylic on canvas
1969
60 x 30 inches
 
Untitled Sumiye Eugenia Okoshi
Untitled
Oil on canvas
1968
45 x 35 inches
 
Falling Water Santa Cruz XXII Jack Zajac
Falling Water Santa Cruz XXII
Bronze - Brown Patina
1996
82 x 12 x 12 inches
 
Falling Water - Santa Cruz XXV Jack Zajac
Falling Water - Santa Cruz XXV
Bronze - light brown patina
1995
12 x 12 x 72 inches
 
Voyage Light Eric Zammitt
Voyage Light
Colored acrylic plastic glued together, sanded and polished
2008
29 1/2 x 92 inches
 
White Vibrations Eric Zammitt
White Vibrations
Colored acrylic plastic glued together, sanded and polished
2008
51 x 45 1/2 inches