Crow Collection of Asian Art presents Wisdom of Compassion: The Art and Science of Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002)
Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002) was a scientist by profession, an artist by disposition, and a seeker along the Buddhist path. The artist’s ink paintings on paper are literally created with characters from the sacred Heart Sutra text, a core scripture of Mahayana Buddhism expressing principles of wisdom and compassion and integrating scientific ideas and principles. Iwasaki uses Chinese characters to render the text, following a Buddhist tradition of copying texts as a form of devotion. Instead of separating the verses into traditional vertical blocks, he reconfigures lines into images drawn from science, the Big Bang, DNA, lightning bolts, stars, atoms, and a cat’s eye. Iwasaki collapses distinctions between image, text, and thought to express understanding common to science and Buddhism.
The exhibition and related programming at both the Crow Collection of Asian Art and Austin College invite a contemplative journey, an experience of the interconnectedness of the universe, and insight into the wisdom of compassion.
Following the opening day, the exhibit will be on display through June 11.