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I continue in my quest to build a center, a resource where artists, collectors, curators, teachers, and the curious can lounge and participate in Arts dialogue.

I need small financial help from many to build this dream of gallery for all as well as library, learning, sharing, and teaching facility.

I have the land, the know-how, and the plan. All I need is a little help with money ad materials.

I am selling a new Calendar and books as well as shirts and pther stuff, all great quality and all contributing funds to the building fund. Or just stright up money. 2 bucks, 5 bucks... It doesn't have to be much.

see the following sites for info, books, calendar etc....

Calendar - www.lulu.com/content/lulustudi…

Arts Center Info - threefoldlotus.com/

Books - www.lulu.com/kwoon

shirts n' stuff - www.cafepress.com/kwoon or www.cafepress.com/sylvaingear or www.cafepress.com/sylvainart
  • Listening to: Lounge Jazz
  • Reading: Artist-Bodhisattva isbn:978-1-4357-2320-7
  • Watching: the rebirth of Man
  • Playing: with myself
  • Eating: rice
  • Drinking: diet cola
I am obsessed with iconography and memetics. The way we revere or revile our world and its "content" and the viral nature of language and "meaning".

It is in all my work, but lately I've been more focused on the specificity of these two cohort derrangements in the human episteme.

Look for more questions....
  • Listening to: Lucinda Williams
  • Reading: Nichiren
  • Watching: Heroes
  • Playing: with myself
  • Eating: rice
  • Drinking: diet cola
I am shifting my focus onto Art Representation this year for TLK ArtLab to grow and gain some momentum toward the building of our Arts Center!

This #$^&NG economy has pushed back our building of the center, but we are undeterred!!!

I have an new associate joining us from Los Angeles via 7 years in Nicaragua. He is a phenomenal artist and partner in teaching and exhibition. You can watch as we grow at threefoldlotus.com. The "Artist" link will show those artists we represent, and there are links to the construction aspect which will become more prominent as we are more able to get the building or rental galleries underway.

Best of luck to all of you... I will keep us updated and even occasionally find time to paint!

Thanks to all of you and Deviant (minus the censors!) who provide some venue for our networking!

Sylvain
  • Listening to: Amon Tobin
  • Reading: ArtForum
  • Watching: the Internet
  • Playing: life
  • Eating: burritos
  • Drinking: diet cola
Preview: i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn…
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GO TO www.lulu.com/content/5271609
to preview and buy this original art calendar for yourself, you deserve it, or as a gift!

ALSO!
If you would like to be the subject of a PorTRaiT? by me, please send me a high resolution image of you to use. If your picture is interesting and inspires me, I promise I will create a painting with you as subject!
  • Listening to: Soul Coughing
  • Reading: ArtForum
  • Watching: my mind explode
  • Playing: life
  • Eating: burritos
  • Drinking: diet cola
Portraiture

As a Buddhist, I understand that the enlightened core of our true self exists in every human as well as every speck or particle in the universe. I understand that all of "us" is Buddha. I know that "we" are all amazing and capable of everything, not just anything. Yet as an artist, I belong to the samsaric world of identity. This mundane world of imperfections and attachment to "thing-ness". This is the place where the "ego" roams free.

And as an artist I have a unique opportunity. As an artist I have a "talent" for using my eyes to "see" thing-ness with my mind and abstract what "I" the "artist" "sees" into what "I" the human experiences. And as I do this, I am able to get glimpses of another "I" and another "thing". Nowhere is this more evident than in portraiture.

Portraiture is an odd word. At one time it meant the ability to capture the "likeness" of a person or even a pet, in another medium, usually paint. After cameras, portraiture became the search for deeper representation beyond the ability of the camera's established domain of "thing-ness" to an inner "truth". Of course photographers were quick to chase that aesthetic down and eventually produced emotional and moving "portraits" with film. So what is left for the painter? Surely the medium of paint has its "domain" of strokes and hues and forms to elicit human connections different from those attributes of film. It is here that I believe the power and strength of painting still provide unparalleled experiences.

When painting a portrait, or when viewing a portrait, to be especially aware of the "secret" held within the marks while at the same time allowing them to dissolve is a special function of human abstraction. It is the ambiguity of this function that allows our "mind" to transcend the "ego". Ambiguity is our minds transcendent feature that opens a window into our basic "truths", undisguised, unmitigated, and pure. It is in the vibrations of these marks and colors ambiguity where insight, beauty, and true excitement and joy reside.

I don't know if this is portraiture then. For me this process seems more akin to excavation. To manipulate an illusory "surface" enough to "render" it transparent in its own visceral-ness in order to discover what has been there all along, eternally, and without judgment. Sometimes this is exceptionally fluid, as with the portraits of the child, whose innocence and inexperience of this mundane world of attachments is only beginning and raw and easily visible. At other times, the veils and fortresses of years of self-destructive and loathing attachments of the ego can create such near impenetrable surfaces as to make it almost impossible to transcend and reach the pure beauty and quiescence inside. And still there is the question of the artist's life condition as the portrait is created, and the artist's own "barriers". This process is indeed cathartic. And this catharsis has its similarities to the Buddhist canon of deep thought and consideration through specialized chants or meditations. These are vehicles, modes of transport to new truths.

As human beings we need vehicles to experience truth. For this we all owe a debt to "Art" and one another, as artists and as viewers.

Namumyohorengekyo

Sifu, Sylvain Chamberland-Nyudo
  • Listening to: Soul Coughing
  • Reading: ArtForum
  • Watching: the leaves fall
  • Playing: the tractor man
  • Eating: burritos
  • Drinking: diet cola
  • Listening to: drum bass / jungle
  • Reading: Tien-Tai
  • Watching: the wind
  • Playing: the bass
  • Eating: rice
  • Drinking: water
This is my life's work...

Painting is not enough.
Education has been deluded into the creation of automatons and consumption of product to keep the greed monster families obscenely rich.

SO, To be an artist now means to risk one's life to educate about art all over again.

We have to create oasises of thought and critical thinking. Once a few are trained and the effort begins to spread, then, and only then, will Art resume its place in the value of life and the growth of societal awakenings.

threefoldlotus.com

Participate, Exhibit, Come be a pioneer member, Donate, or just study and ask questions, but go to the website and email me!

Sylvain