Friday, August 24, 2012

Art, meditation, and reverence

Malacanang Palace Museum

Resting the mind can be accomplished by meditation, and also by artwork, 
which allows the intuition to flow: the conscious mind recedes. 
Meditation and artwork at their best complement each other, 
and true things emerge. 

                                                                                Candace Loheed

Pinto Gallery, Antipolo City

In art museums and galleries, expect to see more slow looking and meditating. 
When I see it I plan to respectfully stay quiet and let it happen: I may try it myself. 
After all, for many of us, art galleries and museums are as close to church as we 
ever get. "With the eclipse of religion in the West," says David Greusel, an 
architect who specializes in the design of places where people come together, 
"the art museum has replaced the cathedral as the building type with the 
greatest architectural, social, and spiritual significance in a community."

                                      John Seed
                                                                             Professor of Art and Art History, 
                                                               Mt. San Jacinto College

Molave Abstract and Tiffany-style desk lamp

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance. 


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