A note regarding COVID-19
"Propping up Heaven"
Paintings and photographs are used to create a meditative space through which the viewer is invited to contemplate awakening—or its metaphor, heaven. The paintings are paired with a Zen "koan" (a statement or question), giving each work a unique meaning that varies from person to person. By deeply considering the meaning of the merged work, the individual engages in mediation, realization, or as is sometimes described in Zen, an accident. To support the meditative atmosphere of the show, the paintings mirror the Japanese flower arranging art of "ikebana," with its emphasis on space and hyper-intentional placement that fortifies an environment of contemplation. In addition, many of the works have incorporated "kintsugi," the Japanese art of assembling cracked pottery. The broken parts are made whole by being part of the painting, and the show is made whole (meditative) by the merging of koan and painting. Small photos are also included and depict violent cloud formations menacing the landscape. It was important to introduce an element of chaos to the show to provide a counterpoint to the meditative pieces. How can we have a still mind without a surrounding chaos to be still in? Larry Goode is a mixed-media artist known for thoughtful mixed media pieces that explore humor, whimsy, and melancholy. Goode’s work has been acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago’s special collections library and Seton Hospital’s permanent collection, as well as many private collections, and been included in the HBO series, "The Leftovers," displayed at the Austin–Bergstrom International Airport, and the Austin Public Library.
Sept. 30-Nov. 7
Link and Pin Gallery AUSTIN, Texas