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Yager Museum Extends 'Tao of Water' Exhibit

April 24, 2009

The Tao of Water, a collection of 18 color photographs by author, artist, and Zen Master John Daido Loori, will be on display through May 23 in the Yager Museum of Art & Culture. The exhibit is part of a series of events throughout the year celebrating Hartwick’s 2008-09 academic theme, Balance.

Loori’s images explore various ways of seeing water in an attempt to capture its multi-faceted nature and myriad manifestations beyond everyday experiences and appearances. The photographs were taken at Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks over a two-year period, and show water as what Loori calls “the third thing”—not strong, weak, wet, dry, moving, still, cold, or hot, being or nonbeing, delusion or enlightenment. The exhibit coincides with Loori’s film Water Speaking Water and book The Way of Mountains and Rivers: A Visual and Prose Commentary on Zen and the Environment.

Loori is founder and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, known for combining artistic expression with Zen teachings, and is an award-winning photographer and videographer who has exhibited more than 50 one-person shows and 125 group shows in the United States and abroad. His photographs have been published in Aperture and Time Life Photography magazines.

Loori maintains a particular interest in using artistic expression as a way to communicate the teachings of Zen. He lectures extensively on photography and the creative process at art centers, museums, and universities, and is also the author of nineteen books, four of which are collections of his photographs. His books have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Polish, Finnish and Hebrew. Loori’s photography has been published in books, magazines and leading photography journals such as Aperture and Time-Life Photography, and he has directed, filmed, or produced ten documentary works and several art videos that interweave poetry, music and visual imagery. His recent “Mountains and Rivers” video was winner of the Gold Award at the WorldFest Charleston International Film Festival, and Honorable Mention at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival.

His latest exhibition, The Tao of Water, and its accompanying book and film are based on Loori’s translation and commentaries of 13th century Zen Master Dogen’s Mountains and Rivers Sutra. Using prose, poetry, and photographs, the book interweaves science, ecology, morals, and ethics, while the film merges images, sounds, and music into Loori’s expression of the voice of the mountains and rivers captured in his photographs.

The Yager Museum of Art and Culture at Hartwick College is open Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00 to 4:30 PM.

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