Painting as a Life Practice.
In its myriad variety of touch and form, Painting embodies and expresses Consciousness. This ancient and contemporary activity interweaves our awareness and reveals our inherent interbeing.
In Conversation ~
"A MINDFUL APPROACH TO VIEWING ART"
A Recorded Conversation with artists Jordan Wolfson and Professor Sue Hammond West, from Naropa University, in a discussion led by K Contemporary’s founder, Doug Kacena.
The conversation occurred in tandem with the pop-up installation by Jordan Wolfson, INTERIOR IN BLACK & WHITE (AND YELLOW), at K Contemporary in Denver, Colorado..
“Throughout the years I found myself painting a given motif over and over again. Perhaps it’s because I’m a creature of habit. I like a familiar terrain and set of circumstances, and I go deeply into the situation. And then more deeply again. There is something about the further discovery of a given situation – opening it up – that is similar, perhaps actually the same, to being in the present moment. As I settle into this moment it seems to open, and continues to open, even as it remains motionless and still. Stillness opens; stillness moves.”
An Online 7-Week Course ~
PAINTING AS INNER ENGAGEMENT
September 14 – October 26, 2021
Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00pm, Mountain TimeAll form comes from non-form – arising from, and pervaded by, ever-present Being.The awakening to our true nature is perhaps the most significant occurrence in a person’s life. There are many paths to this – as many as there are people. There are devotional paths, accompanied by forms of prayer. There are contemplative paths, accompanied by forms of meditation. There are various paths of yoga – enlisting the body through hatha, the mind through jnana, the heart through bhakti. There is also the possibility of enlisting our sense perceptions and creative energies, through what we often call art.Painting carries within it the power to recognize and give expression to our true nature.
Between Form & Non-Form
Jordan Wolfson is a contemporary artist investigating the relationships between perception, marking, and consciousness through the lens of observational representation. ‘What is presence and how does it become embodied in pictorial form?’ ‘What is the nature of this human depth-activity we call painting?’
Tuesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Craft, Art & Way of Painting
Perception, Marking, Awareness
In a local sense, The Painting Project is an artist’s studio and the location, in Boulder, Colorado, of instruction in the art of painting. In the largest sense, The Painting Project is the contemporary and ancient human engagement with hand-made marking and imagery — in which this instruction is playing its small but necessary part.
Our focus is on the classical and modern traditions of drawing and oil painting, within the context of our contemporary situation and currents. We are committed to the enduring power of painting as a depth human activity which affords an indispensable exploration of ways of being.
A Contemporary Form For Art’s Reception
A “Concurrence” is an hour-long event designed for communal reception and sharing of visual art. Inspired by Slow Art Day, a Concurrence is a contemporary form working to recontextualize visual art back towards its mythic and ritual origins of communal meaning and nurturance.
An Online Painting Collaborative
What if a painting isn’t just a painting? What if a painting actually is a catalyst, an interface, of an energetic exchange between the painter and the viewer? What if a painting, in truth, is a transmitter of the essential human experience of being?
Tapistry is an online painting collaborative that recontextualizes painting, not philosophically, but actually.
Recent Writings & Presentations
PAINTING and CONSCIOUSNESS: A Book.
This book is a mix of various thoughts and musings — part inquiry into the relationship of painting and Consciousness, and part, in light of that inquiry, practical and pedagogical suggestions related to a painting journey. It is not an attempt at a definitive statement and conclusion, but rather simply my thoughts and experiences that […]