Posts Tagged ‘Howard Yezerski Gallery’

Paper Prayers/In the Spirit

Thursday, December 19th, 1991

Many of the artists here are of a gener­a­tion who rejected the conven­tional comforts of orga­nized reli­gion — and now they find them­selves facing the inevitable mystery of death alone. They are re-inventing rituals that feel authentic to them and finding new ways to satisfy their spir­i­tual needs. Paper Prayers has become one such contem­po­rary healing ritual — a small congre­ga­tion of artists gath­ered together In the Spirit.

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Love and Death

Friday, December 14th, 1990

The prayers were long, thin strips of paper or canvas, newsprint, photographs, or tinsel, embell­ished with draw­ings, paint, cut‑outs, dried roses, gold leaf, buttons, beads. Some were abstract; some had words; others had musical nota­tions written on them. One prayer was made from a piece of old, paint‑splattered blue jeans, with a peace symbol and love beads.

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My Day Without Art

Monday, December 4th, 1989

Standing at the center of the spiral, I see the backs of all the chairs facing away from me, and feel a tremen­dous shock of lone­li­ness and loss. Looking down from the balcony, I see that the chairs are the begin­ning of a spiral that could go on forever.

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