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Posts Tagged ‘#737 + GRACE #1/ #2/ #3/ #4/ #5/ #6/ #7/ #8 2017 Catherine L. Johnson + Pablo Neruda “Of everything I have seen; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;’

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GRACE #8

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40″ H x 26″ W
2017

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The last GRACE painting of the 40″H x 26″W scale.

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Please click on each image to enlarge.

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Please click on the links below for the GRACE series:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/737-grace-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2017-catherine-l-johnson-pablo-neruda-of-everything-i-have-seen-what-am-i-to-do-love-loved-one/

 

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/741-moving-grace-movinggrace-gracemoving-j-s-bach-the-six-cello-suites-pau-casals-recorded-193639/

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NOTE:
The color of the GRACE series cannot be translated digitally.

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Like all of my art,
the experience is only known with an actual experience.

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The color is custom and arrived after intensive experimentation
to resonate with the sonics/vibration
of the color
with the hue in my imagination.

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The color is a blush, an orchid blue
 which oscillates,
slowly and suddenly,
from the full color
to white
depending on the ambient light
and
the position of the viewer.

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Dynamic attending likened to
intentional open hearted
listening
to an improvisational solo cello performance
– the spaces are the silent intervals.
Meditative.
Serene.
Hushed.
Quiet.
 Whispering.
Intimate.
Loving.
Eternal.
Visceral.

Sweet rapture.

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The text is inscribed in graphite,
and washed over with paint
quieting its voice to a sweet whisper.
The second part of the text:
I AM YOUR GRACE
is inscribed
and
is visible when one attends carefully
echoing the lower circle
– a hovering cycling circle.
Whispers whispering

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THE GRACE SERIES IS A COUNTERACTION

TO THE CONSTANT BOMBASTIC BARRAGE

DEAFENING OUR NATION’S /WORLD’S

SENSES SINCE NOVEMBER 2016.

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ART HAS THE CAPACITY TO CAUSE THE SUBLIME.

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DONALD TRUMP’S DESPICABLE WORDS 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2017/08/14/donald-trumps-despicable-words/?utm_term=.b20d4324e166#comments
“…Here we are in the year of our lord 2017
and
the president of the United States lacks the moral courage
to condemn Nazis and white supremacists.
And they are not even making it difficult.
They are saluting like Nazis
and
waving Nazi flags
and
chanting like Nazis
and
spewing hatred like Nazis.
Maya Angelou was not wrong.
When someone tells you who they are, believe them.
Especially if what that person is telling you is “I am a Nazi.”
Barely, after two days,
he has managed to mumble that their ideology
has (should have) no place in our society.
Silence sells hats, I guess…
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…At some point you have to judge more than just the act of fighting.
You have to judge what the fighting is for.
Some principles are worth fighting for, and others are not.
Certain truths used to be self-evident,
to quote a man whose words were often better than he was.
But to Trump, they aren’t.
Trump’s words are no better than he is.
They are terrible words.
They are the worst words.”

 

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Donald Trump, from His Tower, RAGES at “the Other Side” in Charlottesville
http://www.newyorker.com/news/amy-davidson-sorkin/donald-trump-from-his-tower-rages-at-the-other-side-in-charlottesville

 

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The genius/guiding sonics,
the exquisite brilliant sonic stars,
ARTISTS,
whose sonics called out the pearl of the GRACE series
from the deep night sea of my imagination:

Anthony Cox’s DARK METALS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5BiW9cKA_o&list=PLlncbYlXsunLkCfZkt-XiTpA3TWUewHVk

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Charles Lloyd’s Modern Quartet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJL4qx9xUCg&t=4s

 

 

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ART HAS THE CAPACITY TO CAUSE THE SUBLIME.

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My hands.

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/ipromise-ipromisetotell-ipromisetotellthewhole-ipromisetotellthewholetruth-16-december-2015-catherine-l-johnson-artist-patti-smith-people-have-the-power/

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THE HUMILITY OF GENIUS

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Casals studied the suites for 12 years before
he first offered his rendition to the public.

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He discovered the score by accident in Barcelona at the age of 13
and
later declared that this incident “changed his life”.

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Casals was the first to play all the suites in one concert.

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PRIVATE RHYTHM: MOVING GRACE    (40″ H x 26″ W)    Catherine L. Johnson  2009

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/april-4-1968-26-february-2012-new-neuro-pathways-i-believe-beautiful-fortitude/
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/private-rhythm-beautyisdivineisbeauty-2009

 

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 GRACE #3    (40″ H x 26″ W)                                                           Catherine L. Johnson  2009

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/737-grace-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2017-catherine-l-johnson-pablo-neruda-of-everything-i-have-seen-what-am-i-to-do-love-loved-one/

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SINCERITY 

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In Zen Buddhism, ensō (円相 , “circle”)
is a circle
that is hand-drawn
in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes
to express a moment when
the mind is free to let the body create.

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The ensō symbolizes
absolute enlightenment,
strength,
elegance,
the universe,
and
mu (the void).

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Ensō is characterized by a minimalism
born of Japanese aesthetics
and
Zen Buddhism’s disciplined meditation. 

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“The circle is a symbol of the Self. 
It expresses the totality of the psyche in all its aspects,
including the relationship between man and the whole of nature.”
Carl Jung

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11 July 2017    St. Paul, Minnesota                                                                    Photo credit: ME!

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Halo: CIRCLE                                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2007

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/halo-circle-2007-catherine-l-johnson-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-15-january-2016/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/sonic-artists-create-music-not-music-boxes/

 

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BODY&SOUL                                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson  2011

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/elementsperiodic-table-of-a-super-hero-and-the-sacredprofane-body-and-soul-of-humanity/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/23-august-8twenty-third-august-23/

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HEAVENINMYMOUTH                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson  2012

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/heaveninmymouth-20128-januarysilver-circlesindigo/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/a-great-teacher-living-like-water-waterfall-portfolio-2004-catherine-l-johnson-water-is-a-great-teacher-that-shows-us-how-to-move-through-the-world-with-grace-ease-determination-and-humility/

 

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PRIVATE RHYTHM: MYTHROATSINGINGYOU                       Catherine L. Johnson  2009

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/private-rhythm-beautiful-fortitude-urgent-rhythmic-songs-that-resound-with-the-elixir-of-desire-wonder-awe-profound-moments-of-discovering-love-touching-what-could-not-be-touched-what-can-o/

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GRACE #7                                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson  2017

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/737-grace-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2017-catherine-l-johnson-pablo-neruda-of-everything-i-have-seen-what-am-i-to-do-love-loved-one/

 

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The most common first scribbles of children are circles and crosses,
basic symbols of wholeness and spirit.

http://redie.uabc.mx/redie/article/viewFile/205/786/3393X

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Concentric circles, or circles within circles,
 have a long historical association that depicts the cosmos and its spheres
as a microcosm within a macrocosm.
These early shapes are imprinted deeply in the soul,
emerging through expressive art forms
and
within dreams-spontaneously.

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ANONYMOUS: tantric painting Shiva linga 2000 (Chomu, Rajasthan) unspecified paint on found paper 13.5 x 8.75”

TANTRA PAINTINGS FOR MEDITATION
http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/17th-century-modernism/

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The circle embodies a spiritual energy.
Consider the circle symbol meaning with the Native American medicine wheels
-the integration of energy and matter – spirit and humans,
combining for the purpose of greater spiritual understanding and evolution.

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The most sacred learning/teaching dynamic, I BELIEVE,
is a
a testament of a bone/heart/soul/blood education
that recognizes and incorporates  
the principle of cycles within cycles
-that is, deeper levels of meaning
are  found in every learning/teaching process,
and
presents something for everyone to learn,
at every stage of life
acknowledging the levels of maturity.
The willingness, capability and readiness
TO learn
is GRACE and the unfolding inquisitiveness of the learner’s
 (not paralleling with the Western educational model with a temporal sequence)
 developmental capabilities and processes.

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The best teacher is an open mind
and  
is embodied by the teacher/individual
who is a tender and fierce gardener of the student’s soul.
ORGANIC, not ONLY academic!
The teacher is a vehicle, a vibrational conduit.
The teacher is NOT  “I am the MASTER” 
and you, the student, serve me (!)
-that is a rigid POWER OVER stance demonstrating hubris, insecurity
and toxic displaced arrogance.  

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 Learning is call and response,
a gospel song of exploration; humility; experimentation;
redemption and improvisation
that breaks open uncharted earth, waters, fires and skies
with awe and wonder.

 

GRACE.

 

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Concentric rings are among the most complex symbols
in Native American ways of knowing
because they represent relationships between
all symbols in the system as well as all processes.

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medicine wheel

 

 

 

The Native American Medicine Wheel suggests, by its very structure,
a relativistic approach to human experience.
There are four directions, an inner circle and an outer one.
Things appear differently depending upon your position,
where you are on the wheel of life.

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It is possible to capture the meaning of concentric circles
in the below bulleted list,
yet, the list runs the risk of being reductive.
In general, concentric circles represent:
  • processes,
  • interrelationships,
  • wholeness,
  • systemic view of nature and universe,
  • usually physically represented as a place or location
    from which stories and experience emanated
    and to which the people and stories are historically tied,
    and layers of meaning.

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Every myth has its concentric rings of meaning
and is told and retold in this way.
The telling of a myth begins with a simple version for children,
then moves to a slightly more complicated version for adolescents,
to a deeper version for initiates,
and
to a still deeper version for the fully mature”.

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Circles were protective emblems to the Celtic mind.
Circles were often drawn as protective boundaries,
not to be crossed by enemy or evil.
Circles were also  Celtic symbols of the cosmos
– noting, in symbol, the intangible procession of time.

Celtic Triskele (Triple Spiral) Stone Carving, Newgrange, Ireland ~ symbolic of the three realms: Land/Sea/Sky or the Triple Goddess (phases of womanhood): Maiden/Mother/Crone

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In Chinese macrocosmic symbology,
the circle expresses the shape of heaven,
with earth signified by a square.
When we see a square inside a circle in Chinese art,
it represents the union between heaven and earth.

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The deeply significant yin yang symbol is circular,
and speaks to us of encompassing
the whole of duality
with intent for unified balance.

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The Traditional Chinese characters 陰 and 陽
for the words yīn and yáng
are both classified as radical-phonetic characters,
combining the semantically significant
“mound; hill” radical 阝 or 阜
with the phonetic indicators yīn 侌 and yáng 昜.
The first phonetic yīn 侌 “cloudy” ideographically combines jīn 今 “now;
present” and yún 云 “cloud”,
denoting the “今 presence of 云 clouds”. 
The second phonetic yáng 昜 “bright”
originally pictured 日 the “sun” with 勿 “rays coming down”.
This phonetic is expanded
with the “sun” radical into yáng 暘 “rising sun; sunshine”.
The “mound; hill” radical 阝full forms
semantically specify yīn 陰 “shady/dark side of a hill”
and
yáng 陽 “sunny/light side of a hill”.

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The Simplified Chinese characters 阴 and 阳 for yīn and yáng
combine the same “hill” radical 阝
with the non-phonetic yuè 月 “moon” and 日 “sun”,
graphically denoting “shady side of a hill”
and
“sunny side of a hill”.

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Image result for yin yang meaning
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An extremely rare early Ming blue and white ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ brushwasher, Yongle period (1403-1424).
Dragon=yin. Phoenix=yang.

 

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GRACE #1                                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson  2017

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