First Friday Artscrawl Event
Artist Reception: November 2, 2018
From: 5-8:30 PM
Show Closes November 30, 2018
Solo Show and New Work by Kathryne Cyman-Contemporary Potter
Title: Shades of Celadon
Prestigious Local Treasure and UNM Professor, Kathryne Cyman of Albuquerque, Cyman states, I find that I constantly return to the past for inspiration when I create, Oddly it propels me forward and is a point of departure in my work. However, no matter what, or how I strive to connect to the past, my work still feels from this time, especially after I see it transformed in the kiln.
It's remarkable to me for a place so different from Asia as New Mexico, that the porcelain we create actually feels related.
When attempting to connect to the spirit of this originally Asian art with this place, I often add local mineral bearing soils to color the glaze.
Iron is abundant here, and there are similar but subtle variations. The amount of iron added to the glaze results in various shades of green to blue when fired in a kiln with a reduction atmosphere. Celadons originated in China over 1,800 years ago, Korea over 1,000 years and Japan over 800 years. The color green, found abundantly in nature was revered and then thought to be akin to Jade, a pond, or a leaf. I sense that the color of the natural light effects the desire for certain shades of green from the local environment.
My hope is for shades of celadons that enhance the use of the porcelain forms existing within the color of the light that is New Mexico.
Also, Sumie Ink on Xuan Paper by Susan Myo On Linnell
Linnell's statement, "In 2012 I had the great privilege of seeing an exhibit of the 18th century Japanese painter Ito Jakuchu scrolls and later in Japan found one of the painter's very playful simple sumie ink paintings of vegetables reproduced on a cotton work scarf. The composition is based on a very famous image of the Buddha at the time of his Nirvana surrounded by the forest, monks, and animals. In Ito Jakuchu's ink painting, The Buddha is seen as a dikon radish. It was at once hilarious and moving.
In the summer of 2017 with a new garden next door I became completely, intensely overwhelmed by the vivid beauty of the vegetables. I began to paint the vegetables in sumie ink on paper and then later deeply moved by their vivid color I had to try to capture their feeling. The first one was a perfectly beautiful onion with it's layers of transparent white with a long green top. The last ones that year were the wildly unruly and complex ears of corn - a series of 17 paintings. I couldn't help but paint them all for the pure joy of seeing them.
The works on paper that I have mounted as traditional scrolls are explained more fully on my website and at the exhibition. I am a Zen Buddhist Monk and the work's are often inspired by the meditation practice experience, the koans used in that practice, haiku, and images from the Zen records.
First Friday Artscrawl Event
Artist Reception: October 5, 2018
From: 5-8:30 PM
Show Closes October 29, 2918
Title: Simple Form/Complex Surface
sumi on Xuan paper over panel
Meredith W. Mc Pherson
Voice of Flying Ink
UNM Students: Kristin Chapapas, Eli Friedman, Tiziana Dehorney, Monique Rivera, Jordyn Bernicke, Rick Orlando, Margarita Paz Pedro, Nick Guzzaardi, Audre Holtz, Anne Jaramillo, Drita Choy, Mackenzie Everette. Tiara Vigil.
The art form of Arita Porcelain Vessels has been studied at the University of New Mexico since 1980 and has continued through the generosity of Sensei Manji Inoue, Living National Treasure of Japan. The art continues to evolve through the creative spirit of students and teaching practice of Professor Kathryne Cyman. 'True porcelain' is a challenging clay medium and the process from Arita is arduous. The depth of color in the glazes is due to the translucent nature after firing, when the glaze becomes part of the clay. The resulting functional porcelain artworks are intended for use in everyday life and artisanal cuisine.
Meredith McPherson studied with Grand Master painter and calligrapher Liang Zongheng in Nanjing China. She studied Chinese art history and philosophy, poetry and painting, culture and craft, and the tools and techniques of Chinese calligraphy. Meredith has exhibited her artworks extensively throughout the USA, Canada, China, and Australia. She continues studying Shang Dynasty (circa 16th-11th centuries BCE) Oracle Bone Inscriptions and paints with a special focus on contemporary Zen-inspired brushed ink calligraphy on handmade paper.
Meredith says: Traces of black ink flying across white paper enables me to express my interpretation of ancient sacred symbols and then release those images to the custody of the art viewers who reinterpret the symbols through their own personal cultural lens. This creative process respects Master Lian's behest to 'Share the sacred images with the people.'