Charwei Tsai, Sky Mantra, 2009, video still. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary
Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia. Courtesy of the artist.
In The Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art, and Social Practice
Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, AB - To Dec 13
Guest-curated by Haema Sivanesan, this group show surveys ways in which Buddhist beliefs and practices have shaped and influenced contemporary North American art forms and movements. Especially significant is the link between Buddhism and ideas concerning the “dematerialized” art object and the associated development of conceptual art and participatory art. Artists included are Sameer Farooq, Robert Filliou, Tomoyo Ihaya, Haruko Okano, Tina Pearson, Chrysanne Stathacos, Susan Stewart, Charwei Tsai, Paul Walde and Lam Wong.