June 6, 2008 – September 21, 2008

Zen Garden, 2008

Fabián Bercic
Zen Garden, 2008
Colored resin, electrical lights, bench
Commissioned by the Blanton with funding provided by Don Mullins and Cameron Larson

Argentine artist Fabián Bercic will provide a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional Zen Garden in his site-specific installation for WorkSpace. As a critique of consumerism and the commercialization of culture, Bercic transforms the usually sacred rock garden, replacing its natural and organic elements with synthetic, dayglo, plastic materials. The work, in this contemporary context, reflects the artist’s interest in product design, medieval manuscript illustrations and his own imagination, asking how one can create a meaningful Zen Garden with the materials of a late-capitalist society. The artist’s process of repetitively and painstakingly assembling his materials recaptures the traditional function and purpose of the Garden, in that the artist achieves the loss of self through these Zen actions. Conversely, it serves as a comment on disposable, industrial production. A seating area will be incorporated into the work, allowing viewers an area from which to contemplate the complex dichotomies of the Garden.

WorkSpace: Fabián Bercic is generously supported by Don Mullins and Cameron Larson, with additional support from the Susan Vaughan Foundation and members of the Blanton Contemporary Salon.

Contemporary Connoisseur

Ernest and Sarah Butler, Melissa Jones, Jeanne and Mickey Klein, Julie and John Thornton, and Alexa and Blaine Wesner

Contemporary Aficionado

Ellen and David Berman, Dan Bullock, Michael Chesser, Deborah Green, Marlene Nathan Meyerson, Laurence Miller, Amanda and Brad Nelsen, Chula Reynolds and Sophia Collier, and Lora Reynolds and Quincy Lee

Contemporary Devotee

David Cleaves and Jason Nichols, Christine and Philip Dial, Cissie Ferguson, Jennifer E. Finlay, Minerva Gonzalez, Margaret Hight and Paul Thompson, Nancy and John Hughes, Kenneth and Susie Jastrow, Virginia and Richard Mithoff, Don Mullins and Cameron Larson, Arturo Palacios, Deborah O’Connell-Stassen and William Stassen, Pamela Quinn, John and Cheryl Sauder, and Patricia O. Spurr

Curated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Director of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and former Curator of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art

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