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Briding the Gap

The art show is called Bridging the Gap: Connecting Through Clay. It’s about taking art education to the next level, specifically from high school to college and beyond.

Paintings and masks by Thomas Edwards at C. G. Jung Center

I attended the Jung Center Artist’s talk by featured artist Thomas Edwards, a painter of traditional Buddhist icons of the Tibetan persuasion. The thing about icons is that one really needs the ambient cultural surrounds to reinforce the efficacy of discipline practice. The fundamental idea of Buddhism, emptiness, is practically an ideological opposite to Western thought, i.e. man attached to form, inner mind disturbed, as opposed to man not attached to form, mind not disturbed. The corresponding Buddha nature, “unchanged in all changes,” is so dualistically convoluted and semantically quixotic that the first notion of Western mind is to reach for some kind of Cartesian lamppost to steady its reeling brainpan against the migraine-inducing abstruseness of push-me pull-you scholarly argot. Certainly that is the artist’s challenge in any Westernized approach to communicating the experiential aspect of the seemingly inexpressible essence of Buddhism.

Buffalo Society of Artists 115th Catalogue Exhibition at UB Anderson Gallery

The Buffalo Society of Artists 115th Catalogue Exhibition is being held at three locations simultaneously: the Carnegie Arts Center, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and the UB Anderson Gallery.

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