Two friends of Art & Argument, Robert Janz and Judith Trepp, create work that is sometimes inspired by this second, Zen-like wave. Robert was a young artist on the West Coast when Zen hit in the 1950s and 60s. Think D.T. Suzuki, Alan Watts, and Gary Snyder. His work often reflects or demonstrates the great Buddhist truth of the transience and impermanence of phenomena. Judith is younger, but has traveled to Japan any times. It is her minimalist, calligraphic work that really captured my attention when I first encountered her work a few years ago.
This theme occurred to me when I was looking into the work of Sam Francis this morning. Francis was born in San Francisco in 1923, so he comes by Asian influences naturally. His work is quite diverse, but I'll post a couple of works here that are relevant to this discussion. To see my previous posts on Janz and Trepp, click on their names in the Labels space below.
|Untitled, 1959, ink on paper, 48 x 32 cm.|
|Untitled, 1984, acrylic on canvas, 41 x 26.7 cm.|
* Mad Men reference: Burt Cooper, played by Robert Morse, was into both waves of Japanese influence. The set designers must have had fun creating his office.