During the exhibit, I was excited that many people shared their thoughts and experiences about the moon, tides, and sun.   For the haiku project, some wrote poetry for the first time and inspired to continue writing.   The music invitational brought not only original compositions, but also traditional folk song.   "Walking on the Moon" was filled with laughter and also contemplation about the surface.   We traveled around the world with Robin Bady's stories about the sun, moon, and sky.   And Jay House offered a way of connecting our everyday lives to the cycles of the moon.

(above) September Moon phases 2009-2012 (by day of week from Sunday - Saturday)

(left on wall) moonrise time of day (night, afternoon, or morning)

(below) tide levels at moonrise sculpture

        Music transcriptions can be heard in music section of the website.

Queens Jazz Overground (QJOG) Jazz Festival

April 14, 2018

Haiku of Disappearing Moon in Braille configuration.  The words for moon, waxing, and waning are made up of haiku from participants.

The music transcription of Disappearing Moon and other haiku can be heard in the music section of the website.

Guest artists and poets John and Joan Digby were a great inspiration to me for this series about the Moon and Sun.  In addition to loaning 3 of John's Moon as Text collages for the exhibit, they also contributed Feral Press booklets of Chinese Moon Poems translated into English and Estonian by Hong Ai Bai, John Digby, and Mathura, as well as Joan Digby's translations of Japanese Moon Haiku with illustrations by Tina Seligman. 

Hawaiian Moons explores the traditional belief that each of 30 moon phases is associated with activities such as fishing, planting, harvesting, worship, and marriage like an almanac.

Each of the cups contained the number beads related to that phase.  You can hear the sound of the numbers which have different tones and textures. 

(above left) Solar Canon explores patterns created by sunrise - sunset over four seasons of one year.

(above and left) Solar-Lunar Suite shows rhythms from sunrise-sunset, moonrise-moonset, and high-low tides for four seasons of one year.

The music for both projects can be heard in the music section. 

(right) video collaboration with photographer Dan Rubin using the music from Solar-Lunar Suite.

Walking on the Moon started with 9 paper circles painted with white block printing ink to represent the nine moon phases during the exhibit. 

As people walked on the moons, the dirt from their shoes continued to add tonalities to create the feeling of the surface of the moon.

Storyteller Robin Bady captivated viewers with multicultural stories about the sun and moon. 

 

She also told a special story in honor of my parents in front of my mother's oil painting and my father's sound track analysis for animation.

Special thanks to Ed Seeman for his fractal tribute to my parents.

Special thanks to Amos Chan and Nancy Ribeck for their extraordinary gift of photographs of the artwork and reception in memory of my parents.  And to Satoshi Kobyashi and Carl Zapp of CS Studios.    

And to Ellen Kodadek, Sami Abu-Shumays, Gabrielle Hamilton, Haihong Chen, Kevin Meegan, Shawn Choi, Jay House, Amin Sardar, Ron Samuels, Steve Palermo, Stephanie Lee, Abha Roy, Hsing-Lih Chou, Yvonne De La Rosa, and everyone at Flushing Town Hall as well as my extraordinary family and friends for their support and for making this project possible.

 

The last day of the exhibit which was also a new moon, Jennifer (Jay) House led a wonderful, poetic Meditation Ritual to set intentions for the new cycle.     

Special thanks to Dan Rubin for his gift of installation photographs and continuous inspiration in my life and art.

Project with Viewer Participation

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Flushing Town Hall is a not-for-profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; New York State Assembly Members Ron Kim, Ed Braunstein and Nily Rozic; New York City Council, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Queens Delegation, and Council Members Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, and Paul A. Vallone; Howard Gilman Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Con Edison and New York Community Bank Foundation.