Circle, Circle, Circle

Art Reception

Circle, Circle, Circle

Brushwork by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 , 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Kazuaki Tanahashi, Aenea Keyes
EarthRise at IONS
101 San Antonio Rd
Petaluma CA 94952
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Opening Reception: Sunday, April 14, 3:00–5:00 PM
A Violin-Brush Duet Waltz with Aenea Keyes

Exhibit: April 9 – June 19, 2013

Meet Kazuaki Tanahashi, Japanese born painter, calligrapher, writer, Zen Sensei, and peace activist for the joyful opening of his exhibit Circle, Circle, Circle. In a Violin-Brush Duet Waltz he will paint circles and spirals on a 6’x6’ canvas to the improvised violin music of Aenea Keys in a Violin-Brush Duet Waltz.

In addition to scroll paintings and an on-site performance painting, Kaz will have thirty of his renowned one-stroke circle paintings on display.

“I discovered that he has often thought, agonized, planned, designed, dreamed, and thereby informed his hands for the moment when, once begun, the single brushstroke is inevitably also ended...” – Hyman R. Shevelev, The Photographic Journal

Kazuaki Tanahashi: Circle, Circle (B)

A Conversation with Kaz:

Kaz Tanahashi is a master of paradox, and his show Circle, Circle, Circle may cause us to ponder the concepts and experience of presence/absence, form/emptiness, simple/complex, and joy.

“The circle belongs to everyone. When I was in my twenties I used to ask myself the question—can one or two lines be a painting? It’s paradoxical, showing presence by absence. Absence is my teacher,” Kaz smiles. Unique to Kaz’s work is bringing color to the Zen circle. Read the full conversation

Artist's Statement:

As a calligrapher of East Asian style and a painter, I feel that the presence of the artist should be expressed on each line one draws. Each line is drawn uniquely, spontaneously, organically, and decisively. No correction or touch-up is done. One’s artistic, meditative, and life experience should be evident in each line to all viewers. One needs to render each stroke with total concentration and relaxation. More than a daunting task, drawing a line is fun.

Drawing one circle is an expression of the fire, water, and earth of the artist. So I title some of my circles “Sun Within,” “Rainbow Within,” or “Forest Within.” Just like each breath is a miracle, each line is a miracle. That’s why I title most of my circles “Miracles of Each Moment.” Miracles for you!

Kazuaki Tanahashi, born in Japan in 1933 and active in the United States since 1977, is an artist, writer, and peace worker. As a painter and calligrapher, Kaz has had solo exhibitions of his brushwork worldwide. He has created a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-color Zen circles. As a calligrapher in East Asian style, he is unique in the use of color on canvas. His numerous publications, translated into many languages, include Brush Mind, Penetrating Laughter: Hakuin’s Zen, Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen’s Shobo Genzo, and Lotus. Kaz is founder of A World Without Armies and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.

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