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D r e a m M a k i n g

November 3 - December 30, 2017

The Intimacy of Picture/Reality
Paintings by Richard Stodart
Words by Dr. Hee-Jin Kim

Indebted to the view of nonduality in Dogen's Zen, in which words and pictures and the universe entwine as delusion and enlightenment, in and through the reason of emptiness (nonthinking), the mythopoetic vision of impermanent existence-time in DreamMaking offers anyone who conjoins spirit and matter through intelligent recognition of the Law of Life food for thought of micro-cosmic dream.

Fourt Lloyd Productions, 2013
84 pages, paper ISBN: 978-0-9889391-1-0
10" x 7," 22 color plates $39.95

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T H E  P A I N T E D  C A K E  O F  T H U S N E S S  


"Dogen employed the metaphor "A painting of a cake (gabyo) does not satisfy hunger" to express the fact that life and death, coming and going are all a painted picture (gato). Painting a picture, the painter, and a painted picture all constituted a single reality; religion and art ultimately converged in the holistic view that mirrored the self and the world.

From this, Dogen drew a striking conclusion—entirely different from the traditional interpretation—that the painted cake alone could satisfy hunger, or to put it differently, unless we ate the painted cake, we could never satisfy our hunger. . . life and art, truth and the imagination are never bifurcated but constitute a total reality in which the spring is realized as a painted picture via the plum blossoms and the painter’s striving. The painted picture “allows the plum blossoms to exert the spring” and thereby the spring “enters the [plum] tree."

The painted cake of thusness is not a metonym. Since it is reality, it has the power "to bring us into line with our experience of totality". This power erases any demarcation between reality and illusion; has multiple meanings (multidimensional); interfuses the symbol and the symbolized so that "likeness" is "thusness"; expresses emptiness since it is the substance of realization; expresses transformative concepts in the soteriological milieu to avoid dualistic notions of bifurcation; triggers religio-philosophical imagination; interprets the transcendental/static in terms of the realizational/dynamic; expresses analogy as identity; expresses discontinuous continuity (multidirectional)."

—Hee-Jin Kim
Dogen: On Meditation And Thinking




                         R I C H A R D  
S T O D A R T     



f l o w i n g  u p w a r d s, 2011, acrylic on paper mounted on board, 28" x 41.5 "

e y e  o f  t h e  d r a g o n : free and easy wandering, 2004, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 72"

i n f i n i t y, 1998, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 54 "

s o m e o n e   n o n t h i n k i n g, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 66" x 66"


u n b o u n d  l i t h o g r a p h

m a r y  m a g d a l e n e  l i t h o g r a p h

transfiguration of christ  l i t h o g r a p h


Covering more than 40 years of painting experience, the mediator of duality and nonduality is explored as presence, cognition, archetypal awareness, naked awareness, beauty, the dragon, wisdom, synairesis, the consciousness of abstracting, geniality, luxury, and nonthinking, in such pairs as earth and sky, light and darkness, equality and differentiation, thinking and meditation, self and reality, enlightenment and delusion, continuity and discontinuity, engagement and contemplation, among others, in a quest for the expressible.

Anyone interested in Daism, primordial wisdom teachings, Kaballah, Tibetan Buddhism, tantra, Taoism, Vedanta, Dogen’s Zen, Jean Gebser, Alfred Korzybski, and Lewis L. Thompson will find touchstones of the ineffable / the expressible in this book