October 28 – November 26, 2022
Tracey Adams, Al Carter, Ken Hale, Judith Foosaner
Susan Hyde Greene, Richard James, Sarah Klein
Anne Marchand, Tom Nakashima, Sam Tchakalian, Martin Webb
Students from Forest Grove Elementary School in Pacific Grove
The current exhibit, “Holi Moli, Beginner’s Mind,” is born out of assumption that at its source, all art-making is based in the longing for transcendence. As well, that transcendence is often achieved a kind of unknowing, or beginner’s mind. Originally, “naive art” was any form of visual art that reflected a fresh and innocent vision of the world and was created by a person who lacked or rejected traditional understanding in portraying those objects. The genre is now widely recognized and can include a range of mediums, styles and motifs – from child-like scribbles with classical references to the art and poetry of antiquity to pure abstraction in painting and drawing.
One of the primary sources of creativity is uncertainty. In some sense, creativity is to leave the door open to the unfamiliar, a door into the dark. It is to rely on uncertainty and the unsure footing of a kind of a profound unknowing. Darkness supports our vital unsteadiness, the way we are not actually standing on anything. For artists and photographers, the dark – or the unknown – is what must be traveled and discovered. It is the job of artists to open doors, step into the dark and invite in deities, the unacquainted and the unaccustomed.
The activity of creativity is sometimes called the condition of mind that is without – without assumptions, without prejudices, without prized views, without the story we happen to have about how life should be at the moment – even our stories about art and creativity. At that intersection possibility occurs. Approaching art from not knowing can be profoundly seditious to our usual habits of mind. It is to examine the assumption that say “you are like this” or “I am like that.” Beginner’s Mind is to move in the absence of such thoughts. It is to reach into the dark. If we stop deciding beforehand what the next moment should be – exerting all our life energy trying to will it into existence – the next moment might arrive larger, more surprising and alive than any of our ideas about it. Art relies on uncertainty inviting us into the imagination, a realm where our inner and outer lives can begin to correspond. – Robert Reese, Carl Cherry Center for the Arts