||[Dec. 9th, 2012|07:16 pm]
Pop Surrealism, Underground, Lowbrow Art
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Shunga is a Japanese term for erotic art. The literal translation is “picture of spring”—“spring” is used as a euphemism for sex. Thangka is a Tibetan painting made out of silk & embroidery with images of the deity. Thangka paintings served as teaching tools for meditative practices. Practitioners used the thangka as a visual guide by visualizing themselves as the deity to internalize the Buddha qualities.
Through our cast of our evolving characters, Chaz (bear) and Buffy (rabbit), we explore provocative images of the past and compare the traditional to the contemporary as a means to contrast the historical passivity to the potency of the contemporary reincarnation.
The decorative thangka curtains, which frames our Shunga inspired imagery is a visual and physical metaphor of our learning process in this body of work.