Internationally acclaimed, and Los Angeles-based contemporary artist, Shane Guffogg exhibits a selection of artwork (28 pieces) consisting of oil paintings, pastels, marble, and glass sculptures at the Manhattan Beach Art Center from April 12 – June 11, 2017. The exhibition, “Dance of Thought” is envisioned by Homeira Goldstein and explores time, memory and space. It provides a quintessential bridge back to our self, calling on a deeper understanding to reflect on the dance within.
“Being a painter encompasses many things. Painting is a physical activity, which is, in reality, just the act of smearing paint on a canvas, simple, direct, tactile. At times I like to trick myself into thinking it really is that simple? But every moment of my existence — past, present, and future — feeds into the “smearing of paint.” I saw my first Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci in the flesh when I was in my late teens. Their work, their paint smearing, didn’t seem old to me because it resonated with a sense of a deeper purpose, a higher meaning.’’ – Shane Guffogg 2011
And it is the exploration of this higher meaning, that is what “Dance of Thought” explores, whether it is spinning like a whirling dervish into his “Still Point” series, inspired by T. S. Eliot’s, “The Four Quartets” or diving deep into the Amor Fati series, there are many works in this exhibition either, painting or sculpture that one may partner with to dance to a point of the infinite.
“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point, There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.” – T.S. Eliot
“And so I paint my still point, to commune with the past and future in hopes of glimpsing what is now.
I think of At the Still Point of the Turning World as a state of mind when all is one and past, present and future are one. It is a moment of being, not thinking. When I stand in front of this painting, it shimmers and breathes and by-passes my ability to intellectualize why it exist or how it is working, and instead goes around my intellect and hovers at that perfect moment between chaos and order. That is the still point that is time and without time, that is thought and without thought. ”
Or we can expect to dance deep into “Amor Fati #6”, which sips a deeper wine that serenades the Beloved. Just the very size of this work engulfs our being.
“One thing leads to the next, or so it seems. I often wonder if all things are happening simultaneously but being stuck in our physical form doesn’t allow us to see beyond the here and now?” While painting the Ginevra de Benci series, I read some in-depth books on Leonardo and the Renaissance period of Italy. What was amazing to me was the resurgence of the philosophy of Plato during that time and the role his writings played in shaping the idea of love and God. The idea of Platonic love was reintroduced and the perceptions of God began to change. That led me down another path which made me wonder about fate and destiny. Thoughts are energy and that energy shapes our reality. So if someone is not happy with their fate, how does that manifest? I started looking at each beginning brushstroke as fate – it is the fate of that moment that I chose to move my brush from right to left across the canvas, and that movement influences my next thought and brush stroke.
Homeira Goldstein and Time4ART present
SHANE GUFFOGG – DANCE OF THOUGHT
April 12 – June 11, 2017
Opening Reception, Wednesday, April 12th, from 6pm – 8pm
Manhattan Beach Art Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Sunday 10am to 5pm
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