Workshops Exhibition and Silent Auction
to Benefit Japan
April 1 to April 20, 2011
Reception Friday April 15, 6 to 9pm
Friday, 15 April, 6 to 9pm, Reception.Full Schedule »
The Circle Project
Judy Aiello, Morgan Palacious and Edna Goldman
In the discussion phases of the HopeActLove workshops Morgan had the idea to create a visual response using the form of the circle. We discussed the qualities and meanings of the circle and decided that it would provide participants with space for their own interpretations as well as a unifying structure for the artwork. The circle itself is unifying. It refers to time: beginning, sustaining, ending. For some it represents the eternal or infinity, the universe, the absolute or the void. Enso, the Japanese word for circle, also describes a Zen Buddhist calligraphy practice, the act of painting a circle in a singular stroke of brush and ink. Enso reveals the condition of the spirit at the moment it is made.
We invited participants to consider what the circle means to them in the context of HopeActLove.
The Circle Project became as much a social research project as an art project, often revealing how people understand others.
Each circle was approached uniquely. Some people chose to fill in a circular space, some became three dimensional, and others elected to work with found objects. Themes of energy, the universe, social structures, devastation, death, loss, renewal and change, and basic needs of all humans were explored. Most approaches to the project evolved towards abstraction, yet all were invested with a range of meaning.
Submissions grew to be a large series of circles, which hang collectively forming a new whole.
Morgan working diligently on glueing string for her small circle gem. Patrons of the gallery space are invited to create their own circles.