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Tibet House US gallery 
Thursday, December 06, 2012 At 06:00 PM  
opening Reception: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 6:00 – 8:00PM Exhibition: December 6, 2012 to February 1, 2013 

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Contemporary Perspectives in Buddhist Art

December 6, 2012 to February 1, 2013

OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 6:00 – 8:00PM with live performance and music 

Special installation performance, Clearing the Mind by Jayoung Yoon and
Shakuhachi (a Japanese flute) played by Zachary Skinner at the opening at 7pm.

Jayoung Yoon will present a special installation and live performance, Clearing The Mind, based on the Zen concept of living in the moment. She will employ a number of balls made of human hair that represent attached memories and thoughts. Throughout the meditative performance, which will be accompanied by a Shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) played by Zachary Skinner, Ms. Yoon will perform an intimately quiet and slow process of cutting the connection and emptying the thoughts, inviting the audience to capture the past and cleanse their accumulated memories.  


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On the following day,  come watch Valley Fox and Wesley Simon perform A Line in Space,
a contemporary interpretation of  traditional Tibetan sand drawing.

On December 7th, from 4-9pm, artists Wesley Simon and Valley Fox will present A Line in Space, a contemporary interpretation of traditional Tibetan sand drawing.  Through the simple actions of drawing a straight line with sand and sweeping it away, the artists explore the cyclical nature of creation and destruction and the Buddhist doctrinal belief of the transitory nature of material life. 


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Six New York-based artists– James Walton Fox, Valley Fox, Shigeru Oyatani, Elizabeth Peters, Wesley Simon and Jayoung Yoon–render contemporary takes on Buddhist traditions and teachings through painting, drawing, sculpture, video and performance art. Each young artist reflects his or her practice and path to enlightenment through various media, which come together, reflecting confluence, compromise or conflict in the pursuit of truth. In the process, they initiate a dialogue on fundamental questions: How is the transcendental reflected in contemporary visual culture? How might art serve as a conduit for clarity? How might art and awareness converge as a foundation in contemporary psychology and cognitive science?

These artists featured are affiliates of the Nyingma Meditation Center and Monastery Palden Padma Samye Ling in Sidney Center, New York. Inspired directly by the wisdom and compassion of teachers Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, these dynamic young artists have lived or worked at the Center. Practitioners of the Dharma, these individuals seek to express the knowledge bestowed in unique, personal ways through this exhibition at Tibet House US.



james foxArtists:

James Walton Fox was born in Summit, NJ in 1969. He attended Hobart College where he studied under Nancy Spero, Leon Golub, and John Loftus. Fox also studied tangka and calligraphy under Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Recent notable exhibitions include "The Radiance" at Poets House, New York, 2010, and "How Soon is Now?" at Tria Gallery, New York, 2011. James Walton Fox is represented by Tria Gallery.

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Valley Fox is a New York based artist whose painting examines the relationship between meditation, creative process and medicine. She received her Master of Oriental Medicine from the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine and her Bachelor of Science from Florida Atlantic University. She is a licensed Acupuncture Physician and Critical Care Registered Nurse currently working in Beth Israel’s Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Intensive Care Unit in Manhattan. Recent exhibitions include “Feminine Visions” at Zanadhu Gallery in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2010 and “Changeless Nature” at Martin Mullen Gallery, SUNY in Oneonta, New York, 2010.

Having met her Tibetan Buddhist teachers at age 13 through her family, Valley has been integrating meditation practice in her artwork for over 20 years. In her upcoming show inside NYU hospital, “History of Medicine”, Valley will explore the origins of medicine from 10,000 BC to the present.

shigeruShigeru Oyatani - Raised in Japan and residing in New York for several years, Shigeru Oyatani has been inspired to create hybrid works that touch on both Eastern and Western traditions. His use of color, composition, form and subject matter are a fine blending of his natural inclination to integrate cultures and their visual vocabulary.

Through numerous build-ups of thin layers of oil paint, Oyatani’s work combines elements of abstraction and representation, pattern and grid, and surface and illusion. Upon further inspection, several layers begin to emerge, creating an almost hyper real space where the transition between dreams and reality crisscrosses brilliantly into an altogether unexpected state of awareness.

Oyatani was born in Kobe, Japan in 1972. Although mostly a self-taught artist, he studied at the School of Visual Arts and the Arts Student League in New York. In addition to Kim Foster Gallery, he has had solo exhibitions at Bentley Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. His work has been reviewed in ARTnews and Art & Antiques, and he is in many private collections.

elizabethE. Elizabeth Peters is a New York based multi-disciplinary artist. Her mediums include sculpture, installation, painting and performance. Personal and cultural history, landscape, memory and relationships are recurring themes in her work.  A student of meditation and somatic movement for over 20 years, her visual and performance work explore cellular and body memory, how our senses process information, altered states of perception and the healing process.

She received her Master of Arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in England, France, Italy and Korea.

wesley simonWesley Simon is a Boston based artist.  His work explores the nature of drawing as an act of creative performance and meditation. He lived and studied at Padma Samye Ling Retreat Center and Monastery in Upstate NY from 2007-2009 and has been in Boston since.  He is currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.




jayoungJayoung Yoon was born in Seoul, Korea. Her work varies in format from performance to video, photography and installation to deal with the perception of being present. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2009. She was awarded the Franklin Furnace Grant Fund in 2010. She has attended many Artist-in-Residence programs such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing space, Sculpture Space in New York and others in Utah, Florida in USA, and Argentina. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in the USA and Korea. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.





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