Works by Shawn Huckins, Vadis Turner, and Christine Wong Yap. The exhibition features works of varying media and content, though all embody the dedication to contemporary art and mastering their media that Jenkins Johnson Gallery strives to propagate.
Positive psychology is not the same as positive thinking.
This ribbon text, which I made last year, appears to promote positive thinking, but I had more in mind.
In my readings, numerous positive psychologists explained that the unfocused mind’s natural state is chaos. When we don’t focus our attentions, our minds drift, and unhappy memories arise. Regrets, slights, and petty grievances beg to be reviewed. Engaging in rumination—unproductively mulling over negative events and emotions—can lead to anxiety and depression.
Rumination can be habitual, but people can learn to recognize and interrupt it.
I thought about this process of shifting one’s thought patterns away from chaotic, unfocused, and negative toward intentional and positive. Early steps—”thinking good thoughts” in place of bad ones—might seem forced, but with persistence, they can create a positive longterm habit, and “fortify good attitudes.”
I’m very excited to exhibit two new text-and-ribbon installations, as well as a collection of Flag Snowflake collages. None of these projects have been shown in the US before.
January 12–February 25, 2012
Voices of Home
Jenkins Johnson Gallery
521 W. 26th Street, 5th Floor (near 10th Ave)
New York, NY 10001
Opening: Thursday, January 12, 6–8pm
Gallery hours: Tue–Sat, 10am–6pm