Sweetcake Enso – Art Exhibit

January 15, 2011
11:00 amto7:00 pm

SWEETCAKE ENSO Art Exhibition

Saturday January 15, 11am to 7pm,

followed by a panel discussion from 7pm to 9pm

Sweetcake Enso is a traveling art exhibit started by the Empty Hand Zen Center in New Rochelle NY. Artists from many different Sanghas have been invited to join the show, which will travel and go on display at Zen centers and Buddhist communities all over the country. The Village Zendo will host the show’s third stop, and include a lively panel discussion. The ENSO is the iconic Zen circle that appears often as the visual symbol of Zen art and expression. This show is challenging practitioners and artists to define and rework the ENSO as their own true expression, and to ask viewers to see this venerable image in a completely new and contemporary light.

For info about the show at the Zendo, contact Musho

For more info about the SWEETCAKE ENSO show in general contact Catherine Seigen Spaeth.

For information and essays visit the wonderful SWEETCAKE ENSO BLOG.


Press Release

Sweetcake Enso draws attention to the abstract circle as a symbol of presentness in daily life, and opens out the traditional calligraphy of the Enso to include the work, unlimited by media or training, of contemporary artists involved in strong Buddhist practice.  Including artists of international art world renown with those of local achievements, Sweetcake Enso is traveling across the country from Zen center to Zen Center in order to showcase these artists work in the context of larger Buddhist community.

Artists in the exhibit are:  Miya Ando, Sanford Biggers, Ross Bleckner, Sam Clayton, Robyn Ellenbogen, Noah Fischer, Carolyn Fuchs, Max Gimblett, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Gregg Hill, Anne Humanfeld, Phyllis Joyner, Erin Koch, Liz LaBella, Peter Levitt, Timothy Reynolds, Karen Schiff, Fran Shalom, Bridget Spaeth, Emma Tapley, Leslie Wagner, Maria Wallace, Margaret Wells and Michael Wenger.

Sweetcake Enso exhibits opens Saturday, January 15th at the Village Zendo, 588 Broadway, suite 1108.  Viewing is from 11:00-7:00, followed by a panel discussion from 7:00-900 pm.  Please join us for a lively discussion of how Buddhist practice inspires and informs contemporary art.

Panelists include:

Max Gimblett, artist teacher and lecturer

Emma Tapley, artist

Rodney Alan Greenblat, artist

Robyn Ellenbogen, artist and art director of Zen Monster

Catherine Spaeth, art historian and curator

An important component of these exhibitions is the website, www.sweetcakeenso.blogspot.com, which will feature the work of artists as well as the writings of prominent scholars and American Zen teachers

For further inquiries, please contact: Catherine Spaeth, curator  or Musho

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