Ilona Anderson: Flying Without a Parachute

March 31 - May 2, 2021
Opening Reception: (following socially distanced guidelines) Friday, April 2, 2021, 5:00-8:00 pm
Kingston Conversation: Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7:00-8:00 pm EST - Featuring Ilona Anderson with Pieranna Cavalchini, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum >> Register here.

Ilona Anderson, Spare No Moment, 2020-21.

Shariputra's Flowers

Peeing Man or One Thing leads to Another

Falling Without a Parachute

Peeing Man or One Thing leads to Another

They Dance Behind the Wall

Falling Without a Parachute

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Press Release
Goslow, Brian. "Capsule Previews: March/April 2021." Artscope, February 26, 2021.
Reynolds, Pamela. "Escape The House With These 15 Spring Art Exhibitions." WBUR, The ARTery, Spring Arts Guide, March 29, 2021.
Baker, Matthew Reed. "31 Things To See, Do, and Hear This Spring." Boston Magazine, April 3, 2021.

Artist Statement

"The bad news is you're falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is, there's no ground."  —Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Just as a wave which forms on the surface of the ocean will always dissolve back again, thoughts and experiences arise, exist and dissolve. Knowing this, it becomes easier to not be swept away by what arises in the mind. When one's experience is empty of random labeling, the layer of concept we employ to make sense of the world, the richness of that world is directly encountered, giving rise to celebration and creative responsiveness.

This is the discovery of genuine being, unencumbered by the cobwebs of doubt and hesitation, the immediate experience of being present as things arise, exist and dissolve. It is the penetrating immediacy one uses in creating. This is my experience of creating these works.

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