Listening // Garden 천지에 귀를 기울이다
A curated art environment & installation by Natalie Mik
In collaboration with composer Gregory Lenczycki and artists Kiyomi Fukui, Shea Vititow, Seek Ceramics
At Show+Tell Projects, Downtown (Little Tokyo) Los Angeles
January 14th - February 15th, 2017
Listening Garden presents a contemporary translation of the ancient gardens in East Asia, where artists, scholars, and poets met over tea to meditate on life, art and nature. For more than two thousand years, these gardens were a physical extension of the people’s outlook on the world and a microcosm that was not to be merely a reproduction of the universe in miniature but a poetic, lyrical and artistic interpretation of it with its own vital spirit.
In its imagery, the installation cultivates an air of romantic mysticism and intimacy in today’s fast-paced culture. It is much of a living art form in itself that is activated by the imaginative force of the visual works of art, the sound installation, the growing and fading plants, and ultimately by the visitors who will locate their thoughts and energy inside this installation. Every Saturday, Natalie Mik will be present at the gallery and perform the role of the ‘gardener' by grooming and watering the plants, sweeping the floor, writing poems, meditating, and leading visitors to a contemplative viewing and listening experience. Visitors are invited to have a seat, drink tea and engage in conversations.
In the Listening Garden, ‘listening’ means ‘paying true attention’ to ourselves and our surroundings. The environment will allow new ideas and connections to develop and raise questions of what is nature and art. Listening Garden is a transformation of the art gallery into a place for rest without typical gallery limitations. The garden requires some attention and delicacy from the audience. In this respect, Listening Garden is also an indicator of social connection and codes of public behavior.
Special guest and events:
Sat. January 14, 7-9pm: Opening Reception
Fri. February 3, 7-8:30pm: Tea ceremony with Arturo Enciso
Sat. February 4, 12-3pm: Plant as Compass workshop with Amber Lee
Sat. February 11, 5-6pm: Live sound performance by Greg Lenczycki
Mon. February 13, 7:30pm-9pm: Yoga meditation with Shea Vititow