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Mirena Rhee – drawings, paintings and other work

My Book Some Kind of Garden – A Journey into Zen is up – Get Your Copy and Enter Zen Now !

It is a gorgeous Zen Book with Very Large Photographs and Very Small Poems.

Some Kind of Garden A Journey Into Zen

 

 

I call these Zen Gardens the Geometry of Calm.

For me going to Kyoto was getting into the Zen space of the Mind. Japanese Zen Gardens have very little to do with Horticulture and a lot to do with sophisticated culture refined by the teachings and reflections of Zen Masters, whose sole focus had been to contemplate and distill reality to simple, vanishing abstractions.

Why some kind of? Some kind of is a larger body of work that started long time ago and contains Photographs, Video and Text. Some kind of is a thread that runs through all of my work and hops on various obsessions like one of those Stepping Stone Bridges in my book.

Enough said, Get Your Zen fix Now!

Featuring small poems by Shiko, Hanshan, Ryokan, Huang Po, Basho and myself.  With my poems being the smallest poems.

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Tokyo walks

Tokyo walks.

Music – ( Public Domain recording ) Ride of the Valkyries performed by The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Barbara Schubert:  archive.org/details/uso-2004-10-31

 

I created Tokyo walks for my some kind of street series, for the some kind of project. Tokyo and Japan in general have never been a tourist destination but rather an obsession I have had to pursue. It is only appropriate that I picked the Ride of the Valkyries for this piece as my experiences during my solo trip to  Tokyo and Kyoto were pure ecstasy and until this day I cannot unravel this feeling into anything that makes sense, on any rational level. I simply have the hots for Japan.

Every cake I ate, every fist of rice, every foot I planted on the pavement felt emotionally charged and even today I feel as much charged about my experiences as I was the moment I dropped into Narita airport.

The note in my diary reads:

My plane ride to Tokyo was a bit like a train ride on a train with square wheels.
I was flying from nearby Korea and despite the fact that the ride was fairly short – I was crazily afraid of flying, I still am afraid of flying and every flight I take is a rigorous test of my character.

Yet, the most exciting parts of my life have and are starting with a plane ride. After the rocky introduction to Japan I entered into an immigration procedure in a room with a sign that read:

PRIORITY LANE – only FOR:
-GREAT AGED
-FEEL BAD
-PREGNANTS

Since I was fairly amused I wasn’t feeling bad anymore, neither too aged or pregnant, and proceeded without trying the Priority lane, into what I eagerly awaited to get into – Japan.

 

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A dreamlike drawing produced in a dreamlike manner.


Dreams, 31 x 32 inches, dip pen and ink on hot pressed board

The purpose of this drawing was to implement a new language and the way it worked was that it developed into a language as it went. Never knew what a particular detail would look like until the very moment it was done. It was like a play with no script where I was the only audience.

Tiny changes happened along the way, and the world of the drawing changed incrementally.

By the time the drawing was fished – it had evolved into a dream tapestry that would draw you in just like a rabbit hole.

More on the happening of works here:
http://mirenarhee.com/mirena-rhee-video.html

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Winter wearable artwork

Winter is a wearable artwork based on a frame form Winter Diagrams: December,  animated pen and ink drawings.

This whole struggle with paintings that look like dresses comes from a single well – I have  always pushed the third dimension in my drawings and this comes directly from being a 3d artist for so long.  My brain has been completely rewired to think three-dimensionally.  I can’t imagine a satisfactory flat plane and there is this anxiety to twist it in another direction.

The thirst for dimension pushed me to animate the drawings, and, in turn, to take the animated drawings in yet another dimension with the wearable work. The wearability comes from sensory seeking, craving tactile things, feeling the work with the whole body, literally occupying the work.

Winter wearable artwork by Mirena Rhee
Winter wearable artwork
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New Installations and Performance Art site – XquisiteCorpse.org

Mirena Rhee's  Xquisite Corpse Act Two - Installation and Performance Art
Xquisite Corpse Act Two before the public entered the studio

Xquisite Corpse is an ongoing project, a series of Installations and Performance Art pieces with open public participation. I began Xquisite Corpse in 2010  as a continuation to a series of earlier works I created with a  group of artists called Absurdas.

The Xquisite Corpse work is about the body, the body as a landscape, and whatever surrounds the body, also as a landscape.

Xquisite Corpse doesn’t have an audience or a script, no money change hands, no models, no artists, no plan of what is going to happen, because anyone that stepped into the work played their own script, became the artists, the models, the canvas, the audience of their own painting.

http://xquisitecorpse.org/

Figment Installation and Performance
Mirena Rhee's Xquisite Corpse Act Two - Installation and Performance Art
Xquisite Corpse Act Two
Mirena Rhee's Xquisite Corpse Act Two - Installation and Performance Art
Act Two – into the night
Mirena Rhee's Xquisite Corpse Act Two - Installation and Performance Art
Our most Xquisite Corpse was Gymnos Alitheia
Mirena Rhee's  Xquisite Corpse Act Two - Installation and Performance Art - The Runway
Gymnos Alitheia disappeared into the Runway
Mirena Rhee's Xquisite Corpse Act Two - Installation and Perfromance Art. The Morning After.
Xquisite Corpse Act Two – Installation and Perfromance Art. The Morning After.
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