New York friends, I wanted to remind you that "Beasts of Burden: Our Complex Relationship with Animals" will be on view October 20 - 22 in NYC.
The exhibition is part of the Compassion Arts Festival, a weekend of song, artistry, discussion, film, and performances reflecting our multifaceted relationships with the earth and the animals we share it with.
There are two "Beast of Burden" events, the art show and a multimedia performance by curator, artist, and activist, Jane O'Hara.
If there's one piece that exemplifies the show for me, its Jane's Sacrifice (above), a 5-foot tall screen that depicts nine animals wearing vestments of the companies that killed them. It's inspired by iconic paintings of Christian martyrs and the notion that millions of animals sacrifice their lives to powerful forces everyday in similarly barbaric ways.
I think it will be moving to see this piece in person.
Also, I'm proud to have my work, Twelve dox-ZENs, included.
I produced this work in the in the wake of the death of my beloved longhaired Dachshund named Darby. For months, I was crippled by grief and creative paralysis.
Finally, I decided to paint dozens of sumi-e ink Darbys on the pages of a deconstructed book, Buddhism and Zen by Nyogen Senzaki and Ruth Strout McCandless. The series is a meditation on the Buddhist concept that the mind is an endless cycle of three processes: craving, acting, and discontentment.
Exhibition: "Beasts of Burden: Our Complex Relationship with Animals"
TUF Gallery/O’Hara Projects
208 East 73 St.
New York, NY 10021
Opening Reception and Book Signing: Friday, Oct 20, 2017, 5 – 8 pm (vegan friendly & free to the public)
Gallery Hours: Saturday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 am - 6pm
Performance: "Reflections on Beasts of Burden by Jane O'Hara"
Saturday, October 21, 7:30pm
Symphony Space/Leonard Nimoy Theatre
New York, NY10025
Tickets for Jane's multimedia presentation are $20 in advance and $25 day of show available here.
Visit Beasts of Burden for more information about this exhibition and performance.
For information about all the animal-centric events happening this weekend visit Compassion Arts Festival.
Thank you so much. Enjoy!