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Shaolin: Temple of Zen

MEDIA RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September, 2007  
Media contact: Kathy MacPherson, galleryinfo@otis.edu, 310.665.6909. Images available

Shaolin: Temple of Zen exhibition at Ben Maltz Gallery, 2/2-3/30/08

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The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to present the exhibition 
 
Shaolin: Temple of Zen
Photographs by Justin Guariglia
  
February 2 – March 31, 2008 
Public Reception: Saturday, February 2, 5-7pm  
 
Shaolin: Temple of Zen is a photography exhibition based on the book of the same name by photographer Justin Guariglia published by Aperture. The exhibition premieres at the Ben Maltz Gallery on Saturday, February 2, 2007 with a public reception from 5-7pm that includes a walk-through with the photographer as well as a kung fu demonstration by a Shaolin monk. On view through March 31, this exhibition and publication are organized by the Aperture foundation, a not-for-profit organization devoted to photography and the visual arts, and presented at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design.

 

Shaolin: Temple of Zen is an exhibition and publication that documents, for the first time in history, the exceptionally private warrior monks of the fifteen-hundred-year-old Shaolin Temple in the Henan province of China, renowned for its association with Zen Buddhism and martial arts. Comprising of 99 pieces, including 6 video installations, Shaolin: Temple of Zen brings to light the secretive society of the Chinese Buddhist sect dedicated to preserving a form of kung fu known as the “vehicle of Zen.” Revealing the monks’ devotional disciplines and capturing insightful portraits of the venerated warriors, the works offer an exclusive opportunity to explore the energy and spirit of Shaolin’s unique practice.

Guariglia’s work explores the nature of ‘qi’ (pronounced chee), the concept of a universal energy, as well as the themes of ritual, spirituality, and Eastern philosophies through still photography and video. Carmen Winant of Philadelphia Weekly asserts that “the imagery simultaneously seethes with energy and casts a meditative silence. It evokes both the ancient and the contemporary.”  
 
A student in China in the mid 90’s, Guariglia took an interest in Daoist and Buddhist philosophies, spending eight years studying the mystery behind the Shaolin art form, which is recognized primarily through pop culture films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. He earned the trust of the Shaolin monks to create a compassionate record of the art form and those who are the keepers of these traditions. Notably, Guariglia’s publication features a foreword written by the Abbot of the Shaolin Temple, Shi Yong Xin. 

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Guariglia was born in Livingston, New Jersey in 1974 and lived and worked in Asia for almost a decade before returning to live in New York City in 2006. He is a Contributing Editor to National Geographic Traveler Magazine and has worked for Smithsonian and Newsweek.  Guariglia was nominated for the International Center of Photography’s Young Photographer Infinity Award, received an Eddie Adams Workshop award, and was named one of the top “30 Young Photographers under 30” by Photo District News. In 2003, Guariglia began collaborating with artist Zoe Chen, previously a fashion designer for Issey Miyake. Their recent works are gelatin silver print composite pieces and videos comprised of Guariglia’s photographs of the Shaolin monks. www.guariglia-chen.com

Location: Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 
Admission and Parking: Free. Visitor parking in structure on La Tijera. 
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-7pm. Closed Sun, Mon, and major holidays
Gallery Office Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-7pm 
Information: 310.665.6905, galleryinfo@otis.edu, archive.otis.edu/benmaltzgallery
Gallery Tours: 310.665.6909 to schedule tours for school, museum or other groups.

 

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Left to Right: Photographer Justin Guariglia; Cover of  Shaolin: Temple of Zen (Aperture, October 2007) by Justin Guariglia; Shi Yan Lang, Tong Jian Quan (Through the Shoulder Fist), Justin Guariglia from Shaolin: Temple of Zen (Aperture, October 2007); Shi Yan Xian (Small Hong Fist), Justin Guariglia from Shaolin: Temple of Zen (Aperture, October 2007). 
Top: Wenseng monk Shi Yong Ji, Justin Guariglia from Shaolin: Temple of Zen (Aperture, October 2007)

 

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