Join Praise Shadows Art Gallery for a guided meditation session with Boston-based instructor Daniel Rodman and experience Yuri Shimojo’s exhibition Memento Mori, on view through April 18. Within this exhibition is Petal Mori, a site-specific light and sound installation by Yuri Shimojo, Alec Fellman and Maria Takeuchi. Petal Mori is a 108 minute long experience meant to be seen at night. It was created by the artists to pay tribute to the lives lost to the Covid-19 pandemic. A short clip of Petal Mori, originally screened for the opening night talk presented by Duke University, is available here.
All sessions take place at the gallery located in Brookline, MA.
Tuesday, March 30th – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, April 6th – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sunday, April 11th – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday, April 17th – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
About the Guided Meditation
Each two-hour session is open to only eight pre-registered participants to comply with social distancing guidelines. Sessions will start at 7:00 PM with a brief introduction and private viewing of Memento Mori from gallery owner Yng-Ru Chen. At 7:15 PM, instructor Daniel Rodman will begin the guided meditation. Attendees are free to stay for the entire 108 duration, or to stay for only as long as needed.
A suggested donation of $15 towards the meditation instructor is appreciated.
Chairs will be provided to all participants. For those who wish to sit on the floor, please bring your own meditation pillows or cushions.
Face masks are required upon entering. Registration is limited to two guests per booking.
About Momento Mori and Petal Mori
Shimojo’s Memento Mori paintings have traveled the globe for nearly nine years, signifying the artist’s own spiritual journey. Shimojo, who lost all of her immediate family members before the age of 30, focuses on celebrating life’s precious, fleeting moments. She asks the viewer to pay attention to what nature is trying to show us. And most of all, she views this body of work as a universal embrace of gratitude and fear, for life and for death.
Petal Mori is a site-specific installation created in collaboration with Maria Takeuchi (projection) and Alec Fellman (sound). Beneath a single suspended Sakura (Japanese cherry blossom) petal on a bed of cleansing white salt rests 108 glass Petri dishes, each enclosing an individual Sakura petal made of torn washi paper, and tied closed, as if in tribute, with fine silk thread.
For the artist, in 2011, Memento Mori represented the formidable power of nature, reminding humans of our tiny presence in the universe. But that power is also healing and resilient. Memento Mori’s intention here in 2021 is to bring into focus our individuality during a year of unimaginable loss at the hands of the global pandemic. Memento Mori as a body of work, ten years in the making, and for decades more into the future, the universality of its intentions will continue to blossom: helping us to recognize and embrace our place in the spiritual world.
About the Meditation Instructor
Daniel Rodman has taught and practiced meditation for over 18 years. Though Buddhism primarily influences his practice, Daniel offers a universal approach to understanding meditation. He works to create a flexible space, offering individual instruction fit to the learner.
Each petri dish from Petal Mori is available for purchase. Shimojo will hand-sign each at the conclusion of the exhibition. These are available online at praiseshadows.com; for any additional questions, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also available in the Praise Shadows Art Shop:
- A large card set of all five Memento Mori paintings, with a vellum printed poem by Ryuichi Sakamoto dedicated to Yuri Shimojo. All wrapped in Japanese washi paper.
- A limited-edition print of Shimojo’s Sakura.
- Art historical publications on the 3/11 disaster, and more.