Exploring The Meditational Practices Of Making And Viewing Art: Process And Perception With Meegan Nolan

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Exploring the Meditational Practices of Making and Viewing Art: Process and Perception with Meegan Nolan


While a majority of artists refer to their time spent making art as an almost trancelike experience, some practices begin with a specific intention the artist has to clear their mind of distraction and exist in that space where they may acknowledge experiencing enlightenment or even bliss. Does this freedom from self- doubt and the brief escape from the material world help them to express more freely and accurately their authentic selves? In this course, artists will study art processes and pieces that are both produced by artists while in a meditative state and that aim to illicit a similar response in the viewer. Artists will be asked to develop a practice (ideally in a different medium than they are working in now) and create a series of pieces in a highly focused automatic uncensored state.


In addition to creating works, much of the class will be spent in a very slow and thoughtful critique of the other artist’s work. Unlike most other art viewing/reviewing experiences which tend to be knee-jerk reactions, artists will be asked to spend several silent minutes alone with the piece they are being asked to contemplate before elaborating on their reaction to the piece, how that may have changed, and what they believe to be the artists intentions with each piece.

Participants will draw inspiration from Hitsuzendo Calligraphy, Hindu Ragas, Tibetan Sand Mandelas, Tapestry and beadwork. As well as looking at the art of Mark Rothko, Tom Marioni, Barnett Newman, Louise Nevelson and many more.

About the Artist

Meegan Nolan owns and manages Low Gallery, which is a is a space dedicated to showing thoughtful contemporary art and with the goal of giving voice to artist and ideas that contribute to elevation and evolution. Low Gallery is newly located at 1878 Main St. San Diego, CA, 92113.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-5pm
Session Dates: 9/8, 9/10, 9/15, 9/17, 9/22, 9/24, 9/29, 10/1

For more information and to enroll, visit: http://www.sandiego-art.org/new-cover-page-5/
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By: San Diego Art Institute

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