Freedom from inhibiting factors, real or imaginary, releases a tide of creation.
As a young sculptor living in NYC in the 1980's, Tony DeVarco was introduced to the sculptor Mark Di Suvero. He spent 18 months as Di Suvero's assistant while living and working on his art across the street from Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. At this same time he met the sculptor Isamu Noguchi, whose studio/museum was located one block from where Tony lived. Tony went on to show his work in museums and galleries in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He became the Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute in 1991 to 1995. He is currently working for Silicon Graphics in Mountain View, CA.
The philosophy and spiritual practice of Buddhism has extended beyond its traditional religious and cultural contexts and has entered the domains of mainstream art, science, psychology, and design. This evolution continues to prompt new areas of discourse. Buddhism offers different ways to address one's reality, explore uncertainty, and, when involved in the practice of art and design, often serves as a catalyst for "awakened" consciousness during the creative act itself.
There is ample evidence that many artists and designers working in a variety of disciplines in the 20th century incorporated aspects of Buddhist thought and meditative practice into their work. In my own artistic work, I have long been influenced by Constantin Brancusi, Isamu Noguchi, Buckminster Fuller, John Cage, and Jasper Johns. It is only now, however, that I am discovering how much of their own work and lives were influenced by Buddhism.
Over the past seven years during my travels to China, Japan, Korea, India, and Malaysia, I visited both ancient and contemporary Buddhist shrines and temples. I also spent time in museums where I was exposed to the intersection of cultural artifacts and Buddhism. Closer to home, the Land of the Medicine Buddha has drawn me towards this spiritual perspective through various projects including the Memorial Temple and Tara Home.
My presentation will show some of my earlier sculptural work as well as the unfolding results of my own "awakened" consciousness of creation on a remote island off the cost of Maine in July 2005 and the subsequent documentation of the work around the world.
The Buddhist Family|
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