Photo courtesy Caleb Storms
The Art Ashram is a proposed monthly one day art event featuring both a traditional gallery showing as well as an interactive component designed to be the beginning of a dialog.
We are looking to fund our first four shows and get this event going!
The idea behind the Art Ashram project is rooted in the idea that art can and has been used as a way to both communicate and obtain those subtle spiritual experiences that many would label mystical. Through the use of art it is our desire to begin a dialog. A dialog between artist and patron, man and women, parent and child, etc.
We feel that art is that perfect symbolic language that both artist and mystic understand, furthermore it is that language that can be and should be accessible to everyone. The Art Ashram’s purpose is to begin, encourage and support this dialog and facilitate an environment of creative freedom and spiritual transcendence. We want to create an environment free from dogma and judgement, but instead encourage an open exploration and discussion of both art and spirit.
Ultimately we want to create a beautiful, meditative and innovative art experience that will serve patron, artist and venue alike. We wish to have the supportive environment and creativity of Andy Warhol’s Plastic Factory, combined with the meditative atmosphere of a Temple space. Hence, we want to truly create an Art Ashram.
The show itself will take place once a month centered on a theme. The work of several artists will be shown, all contributing to the theme. Together the art will create a tapestry of concepts and perhaps even contradictions around the subject. This part of the Art Ashram will resemble an art opening with a meditative atmosphere.
The other aspect of the Art Ashram, the Warholian atmosphere in which patrons can actively participate, is interactive. They can paint, draw, write, sing, and read poetry based on the theme. Whole families can join in the dialog and draw and paint together. Combined with the art that is being displayed, this will create an entire artistic and transcendent experience, the whole event becoming more than an art show and more of a shared experience.
The themes chosen for each event are vague enough to encompass many traditions, yet specific enough to create a unified show. The Ashram itself will refrain from preaching for or against any particular belief system. The point of the project is to open the door for open conversations. This all being said, the first year of shows should include the following themes:
1. Emptiness is Form 2. Unity 3. Duality 4. Balance 5. Earth, Air, Fire and Water 6. Our Body is our Temple 7. As Above so Below 8. Nature of Happiness 9. Cyclical Nature 10. Death 11. Rebirth 12. Know Thyself
We feel this art event could become a strong force in the art and spiritual community and serve to bring these two strong communities together. Furthermore, we feel that this event could serve as a doorway for those who are “art curious”. An open and encouraging atmosphere such as this may spawn the next Da Vinci or Ram Dass.
What the money is for:
We want to be able to take complete control of the venue. So, renting a venue is the best idea for our needs. The venues that we are interested in rent for $150 to $250. Our goal of $1,100 is to pay rent for the first four shows, purchase art supplies for the interactive portion of the event, and purchasing food and drinks.
We look forward to working with you on the Art Ashram project.
For more details, and to get involved, see the Art Ashram on the Photo Monk website and see the Art Ashram indiegogo page for funding opportunities.