Updated: Oct 24, 2022
Practical Challenges: Buddhism and Contemporary Art
Dr. Jie Li-Elbrächter specialized in anthropology at Fudan University, always fly around the world to conduct art research every day. Lecturer Li Yunyan described her as a sky-walking person, and her thinking is carried with strict logic in the sky, she brought us the lecture "Practical Challenges: Buddhism and Contemporary Art", which was fulfilled and brilliant, with clear ideas and some leaps in between. Dr. Jie Li-Elbrächter said that the 25 students in the project team of “Innovative Talents Training in Bashu Grottoes Paintings” were all artists who have an idea of Buddhism and feelings about Buddhism grottoes. Through communicating, sharing, and learning together, you will certainly be able to learn from them also.
Dr. Jie Li-Elbrächter started with Du Shang's wheel, the relationship between the wheel and the Dharma wheel, the relationship between Abramovich's performance works and meditation. She talked about John Cage from Suzuki, and Capro from Rauschenberg, and showed many works of contemporary artists inspired by Buddhism. Regarding art concept terms, Dr. Jie Li-Elbrächter has also specified different countries clearly through years of study and research in various countries in Europe and Asia. She talked through the details of the art history of China and Europe. She also explained and constantly asked questions to students, inspiring everyone to think deeper about the connection between Buddhism and art. It was just like Du Shang's in-depth reflection on each of his works from words to the form. Dr. Jie Li-Elbrächter had analyzed many of Du Shang's works related to Guanyin, inspiring everyone how to sink into their own works step by step, deepen their hearts, and "see" the most original image and listen to the simplest "voice".
Facing your own artworks and artistic career with a sincere attitude, whether the final mode is realistic, abstract, installation, or behavior, in fact, the origin is the same. We respect the universal, compassionate, and selfless state of the Buddha. Artists, like those who practice Buddha, are on the way to practice. At the same time, Dr. Jie Li-Elbrächter also hopes that all artists can promote the art of grotto through a wider range of their works so that more people know that more people have the consciousness of learning and protecting traditions.
Artists and Buddhist practitioners quoted Epstein: "To find their own way to enter this state-the Buddha has inspired this way; also told us what to do when you get there." Dr. Jie Li-Elbrächter was in the lecture It is mentioned in the current society that there are still a small number of people who pay attention to grottoes and have feelings. When the modern art form meets the statue of Bashu Grottoes with Chinese traditional Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, what kind of spark will it produce? We don't know. But on the basis of tradition, combined with contemporary art, corresponding thinking can inspire a wider range of creative inspiration.
It is extracted from the concept of Buddhism and then integrated into artistic creation. In this process, every artist should treat the art with piety and devotion. Like Abramovic ’s study of meditation and Buddhism in Tibet, the inner spiritual and philosophical ideas of the Dharma changed her mind and influenced her artistic career. The artistic way paints the piety of ancient people and the mercy of Buddha-nature.