The things that stop us in our tracks
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The moment of surprise

Evolution 3 by Rune Guneriussen

"There is a point beyond which training and practice cannot take you. Zeami, the 14th century Noh drama playwright and director who was also a Zen priest, spoke of this moment as 'surprise.' This is the surprise of discovering oneself needing no self, one with the work, moving in disciplined ease and grace. One knows what it is to be a spinning ball of clay, a curl of pure while wood off the edge of a chisel.... At this point one can be free, with the work and from the work." - Gary Snyder

Capacity to Breed and Recover by Rune Guneriussen

"I believe it was John Cage who once told me, 'When you start working, everybody is in your studio -- the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas -- all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you're lucky, even you leave.'"  - Philip Guston

Revisit the Revolution by Rune Guneriussen

"When the work takes over, then the artist is enabled to get out of the way, not to interfere. When the work takes over, then the artist listens.”- Madeleine L'Engle

A Grid of Physical Entities by Rune Guneriussen

“It is not your business to determine how good [your work] is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”  - Martha Graham

Evolution 1 by Rune Guneriussen

"I like to use the word "isumatug.' It’s of eastern Arctic Eskimo dialect and refers to the storyteller, meaning ‘the person who creates the atmosphere in which wisdom reveals itself.’ I think that’s the writer’s job. It’s not to be brilliant, or to be the person who always knows, but…to be the one who recognizes the patterns that remind us of our obligations and our dreams.” - Barry Lopez

A Natural Selection by Rune Guneriussen

The stunning light sculptures here are by the Norwegian installation artist Rune Guneriussen, who finds magic and inspiration in his native landscape.

"As an artist," he says, "I believe strongly that art itself should be questioning and bewildering as opposed to patronising and restricting. As opposed to the current fashion I do not want to dictate a way to the understanding of my art, but rather indicate a path to understanding a story."

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