Yesterday I was hanging an exhibition of photographs at the Spokane Falls Community College Photography Gallery. As the sun shined through the vertical blinds on the window it played with the buildings in the photograph and revealed more details in the deep shadows.
I had an epiphany this afternoon while reading a book about creative thinking that I think might be helpful to share…
When we look at the success of others we only see it from the outside. From our perspective it looks like success came easily due to natural talent or gifts.
What the successful person sees from their inside perspective is all their failures that led to their success.
As a teacher I meet so many people who are afraid to try because they are afraid of failure. To them I say “run towards your failures as those will be your best teacher and will shape your success.”Continue reading “Success and Failure”
My wife was about to throw out these flowers that had died but I couldn’t let them go without making a photograph first. The texture and patterns of the dried out bouquet were beautiful. I feel gratitude for the beauty that exists at all stages of life and death.
A few weeks ago I was in San Francisco with my wife and we spent an early morning walking around the Palace of Fine Arts. As I watched people interact with the space I was thinking about the role art and architecture have on our ideas of community and social justice. On the one hand these faux ruins that represent Greek and Roman empires of long ago could give me a sense of power and might but on another it is a reminder of a time where philosophical debate about the needs of the many versus the needs of the few occurred.Continue reading “Art, Architecture, and Ideas”
Primordial – Upcoming Solo Exhibition by Ira Gardner at the Richmond Art Gallery in Spokane, Washington.
This upcoming solo exhibition of photographs by Ira Gardner presents an intersection of Neoplatonism and Zen art practices as a means of re-imagining a harmonious relationship between humans and nature within a framework of universal equality.
Lately I have been thinking about the question of “what ideas do you hold on to?” Being an artist means that I am holding on to an idea long enough to fully develop it into works of art.