June 2 – July 3, 2020

 

Where Does Redemption Come From?

During the month of June Shuo Cai is creating site-specific work answering this question in the Corrine Woodman Gallery. His Virtual Performance Art Installation will be presented through a series of live stream and time-lapse videos on a variety of sharing platforms.

The image Cai will be creating is inspired by the deity Avalokiteśvara, associated with compassion. The deity is known all over East Asia, in a total of 33 different manifestations including female manifestations, all to suit the minds of various beings. His/her name means “Lord who gazes down (at the world) and “who perceives the world’s lamentations”; he/she hears the cries of sentient beings (humans and animals) and works tirelessly to help those who call upon him/her. To represent the relationship between supplication* and giving, Cai will make a number of circles of his handprints.

In his words:

“These handprints will be centered on me, arranged in multiple concentric circles throughout the wall. This was inspired by a Buddhist icon, Avalokitesvara. I thought that the God who redeems the world must have had a most helpless moment.”

*a form of prayer, wherein one party humbly or earnestly asks another party to provide something, either for the party who is doing the supplicating (e.g., “Please spare my life.”) or on behalf of someone else.