Monday, June 20, 2011
Dragonfly on a lotus leaf
At the BENEFIT FOR PUBLIC ART held at the artist's studio and garden this past weekend, Gord read from a book which has resonated with him called "Smile of the Buddha".
In this book are his favorite artists: Monet, van Gogh, Gauguin, Kandinsky, Brancusi, O'Keefe, Klein, Jasper Johns, Cage. All of them, it turns out, are linked by observation of the present moment.
Claude Monet, painter of stillness and reflection, was one of the first artists to suggest a meditative state of mind with his artwork. With his water garden in Giverny, he joined his meditation on impermanence with the idea of regeneration and renewal; renewal that can be observed in the garden, with the seasons, the birds, insects and plants.
On Thursday, Gord installed the floating paintings in the garden pond, surrounded by yellow and purple iris, red azalea, green and lime lady's mantle, fish, birds, dragonflies. Erik Olson took photos, while volunteers shopped, worked in the kitchen, prepared tapas, designed the programme, cleaned and sorted furniture. Getting ready.
The sun made shadows in the fresh air.
Tomorrow: Friday night by the garden pond. People, paintings.