Monday, October 30, 2017

Without Beginning or End — The Trans-Temporal Art of Yeachin Tsai


Tsai’s lines—whether circular or straight—move. While literally static on the paper, they contain within them the energy of the artist’s gesture as they endlessly redraw themselves before the viewer. The two major traditions which inform Tsai’s work—traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting and modern abstraction—share an important kinesthetic ground. Critic Harold Rosenberg’s description of Abstract Expressionism as “action painting” is in many ways applicable to Chinese calligraphy and painting: the paper is akin to the canvas which becomes “an arena in which to act” and what we see in the finished work is “not a picture, but an event.”

Tsai describes the action of her painting as “dancing in space and time with the brush.” Dance is a corporeal and temporal art form. What happens to all the corporeal movement of a dance as it is transferred to a painting? Where is its time? The energy or chi of Tsai’s dance is embodied in the form of works like Hooked (2017) from her “Icons” series. A thick black stroke broken by lines of light drives itself inexorably down the composition; but just past the halfway point the stroke stops and jerks itself impossibly upward against its own inertia, just momentarily, before gravity finally pulls it down again. As in The Concept of Time, the line in Hooked extends beyond the paper in both directions suggesting that we are glimpsing but a moment in a much larger, perhaps eternal, life of the line.

The velocity and force of Hooked, and of a similar work, Waterfall 04, are monumental. We generally think of monuments as immutable and immobile; but Hooked and Waterfall 04 are monuments in motion. Their gestures are suspended in time yet always moving afresh as the viewer’s eye follows their direction and the viewer’s body feels the magnitude of their force. Monuments are erected to be timeless in order to ensure the past is remembered in the future. In this way Tsai’s work is a permanent record of impermanence.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Big Bang

The big bang and the origin of everything. The quiet, powerful explosion is happening. First from within, then it manifest out! May we find the explosive power of genuine goodness in our hearts.

Acrylic on canvas. 32 x 54 in.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Autumn Land

In this autumn,
Why I get older?
The clouds and birds.
~ Haiku by Matsuo Basho

The rich and stunning colors of autumn land in north America. The beauty of nature opens my eyes and heart! 
Acrylic on canvas. 32 x 40 in.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tender Chaos

Within the chaos there may be tremendous tenderness. Listen to the longings... The message is in the moment.

Acrylic on canvas. 48 x 48 in.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Vases and Table

 Sunday morning magic light. A brief moment of tranquility is still worthwhile! Joyful existence of still life objects. Colors and forms find their own places in the space. How nice!

When the world is in turmoil, don't forget to look inwardly, and find our everlasting inner peace!

Acrylic on canvas. 23 x 31 in.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Yin and Yang are Tao

The heart of avocado has a feminine quality. The vital space invites imagination. "One Yin and one Yang together are called "Tao (The Way)." From The Book of Change.

Acrylic on rice paper, mounted on canvas. 27 x 27 in.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Passion of Space

The passion of space is all-pervasive. Passion, when purified, has tremendous energy and strength. It can radiate out unconditionally. It can turn into com-passion, without boundary. It can be precise and cutting, not just mushy and muddy. Don't be afraid, but be aware of our passion!

Acrylic on paper. 40 x 36 in.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Chased by Love

"Bardo" - a Tibetan Buddhist psychology term, describing a dreamlike, transitional space where nothing is certain. It could go to many different directions.

When we are chased by love, love becomes a burden, not joy. We become someone's object of projection - even though it is under the fantastic name of love. It is not love when it is not free.

Love is unconditional, otherwise it's attachment. The forceful wanting only leads to ruins. We have to play with the energy and space, and let the phenomenal play.

Only the space allows dance. Keeping the right distance - not too tight, not too loose - is an art.

Acrylic on paper. 27 x 27 in.
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Fruits Have Dreams

Fruits' dream of a party. Mid autumn melancholy. The subtle dreamy quality is done by thin layers of acrylic colors on clear gessoed ground canvas. Space is part of the reality.

Acrylic on paper. 22 x 38 in.
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Monday, October 09, 2017

One-Pointed Mind

In this day and time, it is very hard to keep our mind simple. Although simplicity might be the best thing we can do in the midst of all the distractions and disturbances.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche from his book "Shambhala Principle"-
When I became overwhelmed, I would ask my father (Trungpa Rinpoche) what to do. He said, “Keep it simple.” This was one of the most powerful spiritual transmissions I ever received. He was communicating to me that I already had the answer: I could always come back to goodness. 

Keep it simple. One pointed mind is much more useful than a overwhelmed, chaotic mind. Just feel it one at a time. What we do right now at this moment. Place our mind on it. The source is goodness.

Acrylic on paper. 23 x 15 in.
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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Pears Paradise

Pears in their paradise. Colors and forms create a joyful symphony. From Matisse: "An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc."

I ventured into different styles from time to time. And it is fun!

Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 54 in.
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Kisses


Remembering the first gentle kiss, and more after. The forces of opposite energy are in contact. Yin and yang, hot and cold, ice and fire, different patterns mingle and complete each other.
Acrylic and ink on acid-free paper. 7 x 10 inches.
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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Modern Three Pears

Simplicity is harder than complicity. Three pears with modern design. A traditional Chinese still life motif with a modern flavor. Acrylic on canvas. The original was sold. Archival quality giclee prints available.

Keywords: pears, shapes, still life, Modern Chinese painting, design, fruits, minimal, minimal

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Zen Garden

Friday, October 06, 2017

The Illusion of Time

Live long, live short,
It doesn't matter. The mind continues.
"The time is an illusion," wise people said that.
I look into my life, life before, life ahead,
The dreamy quality of coming and going.
All is in flux. All is transitory.
The consciousness remains.

Tell me how to cut the water of river in half,
Show me the way to divide time.
The continuum of time is endless.
Not here, not there.
The energy manifests and changes; I can feel it.

I am not too bright, I cannot see far,
I don't know what is supposed to be. What's coming.
The memory of time is deep in the forest,
The green moss and stone walls scattered,
In there I left my flute,
But the melody still echoing.


Acrylic on canvas. 23 x 17 in.
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Thursday, October 05, 2017

The Bear Paw

Humor, gentleness, and lightheartedness bring joy to the harsh world. Matisse once said: “What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity…something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.”

In this time of great uncertainty and chao, wish good art restore the balance in our minds and uplift our spirits!

Acrylic on canvas. 18 x 34 in.
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Monday, October 02, 2017

The Trembling Earth

Seeing and feeling the harm we have done to humanity, the earth is trembling and sad.

There’s no words to the massacre that happened in Las Vegas... My heart is trembling and heavy. Have we ever learned?

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Birds' Migration 02

We are part of nature, we are natural beings. Inspired by the birds' migration of the season changing. The wonderment of the nature, and the mystery of life.
Iridescent acrylic purple color on deep blue background (the color and reflection change from different angles of the viewer). Ready to hang.

Auguries of Innocence By William Blake (1757–1827)

TO see a World in a grain of sand,
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.…

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