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On Leaving the Shadow World
Paintings and Photo-based work of Jeffrey du Vallier d'Aragon Aranita If you try to see the images in this cycle by Beijing, Hong Kong- and France-based painter, photographer, new media artist Jeffrey du Vallier d’Aragon Aranita as koan–paradoxical sayings, stories, or questions used as subjects for meditation in Zen training–then you can begin to understand how seemingly random images like road construction markings, national flags and anti-gay graffiti are related–each belonging to a world within a world, rich with attractive meanings that may ultimately be meaningless. Aranita’s bold colours and sublime technique dramatically link these symbols of aspects of the human cosmos–the shadow world–to portray them as one sweeping and continuous force. The symbolism of this union and the unconventionality of the style in which these images are rendered encapsulate the spirit of Zen. Like koan, they recreate a sense of being, gently guiding us to seek answers that make sense in other, more intuitive ways. – Machiko Kuroda Aranita is the Deputy Director of the MOCA Beijing | Museum of Contemporary Art in Beijing, China
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