Jef Gunn

This exhibit is comprised of a series within a series within another series. Each piece is made from impressions in ink on paper of found objects mounted to panels, and using restraint, chance and precision. 

The Telling series involves these printed forms of objects in arrangements of columns and rows. Telling is counting, as in a bank teller who counts the money, or a storyteller who recounts the story (raconteur). A Catholic tells the beads of her rosary. Hindus, Buddhists and Sufis also tell their prayer beads. A toll is paid, counted, at a toll road or bridge. And, of course, “…never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” 

Lokeshvara Moonlight is an installation of a specific Telling series. Lokeshvara means seeing the distress of each being in the world. It means radiating loving kindness, transcendent compassion and real joy to release the particular suffering of every being, without exception. I take this name from a 9th century Cambodian statue at the Honolulu Art Museum called Radiating Lokeshvara. Only the robust torso remains. It has no smile or hands with which to save all beings. Yet it does smile, does radiate love, kindness and protection.

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