The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery Presents Breathe: Embracing the Uncertainties of the Human Condition

By Editorial Team on November 8, 2021
Faith Ringgold, Wynton’s Tune, Serigraph, 30” x 22”, Ltd. Edition 100, 2004. *Faith Ringgold prints are provided by Raven Fine Art Editions of Easton, PA.
On View: November 3, 2021 – February 26, 2022

Curated by Cheryl Edwards

Jase Clark, Tim DeVenney, Nestor Gil, Mary Higgins, Curlee Raven Holton, Lisa Rosenstein, and Michelle Talibah

Featuring Limited Edition Prints by Faith Ringgold*

The concept of ‘breath’ requires exploring  how it brings all things to life. Breath is an unmeasured paradigm and is not as simple as it may seem. “…(N)ot only must one breathe in before they can breathe out, but they must also breathe out before they can breathe in again. Superimposed on the breathing cycle, is humanity’s take on the second law of thermodynamics: Life must be lived forward but can only be understood backwards.” (“The Art of Breathing | European Respiratory Society”)   The exhibit addresses the deeply emotionality of breath as it resonates to our shared humanity.

The work presented in this exhibit explores the value of breath as a metaphor to examine human existence and personal views of multidimensional manifestation. The work delves into themes of philosophy, emotion, physicality, mourning and celebration.  The exhibit asks the viewer to consider breath to be understood as fundamentally and comprehensively intertwined with human life and experience.

Remarkably diverse, the work includes printmaking, drawing, sculpture, new media, installation, painting, and performance art. The viewer is presented with a range of visuals to ponder, consider and contemplate.  The exhibit is wide-ranging in topics of poetry, theater, environmental issues, health, and media studies.

By Appointment Only. Please contact gallery@smithcenter.org.

The gallery is located at 1632 U St NW.