As the first of a series, I’ve taken the tradition of Advent: that period denoting the anticipation of reward (in Christianity, the birth of Christ), and promise of redemption. In the exploration of different institutions of belief, Taoism is in this regard, least anticipatory. The metaphor here to the characteristic “window” that one opens, is a bank of windows. A grid. Actually a transposed factory sash. Real. Made oblique by the contents pressed against the panes. In Taoism there is no concept of reward, and anticipation is foundation for folly.
ADVENT CALENDAR (TAOIST), 1997Mixed media52” x 86 ½” x 2 ½”Private collection Cincinnati