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Mary Lang: Small Moments of Sad-Joy

Presented by Kingston Gallery at Unknown

Dec 09 2020
Jan 17 2021
Mary Lang: Small Moments of Sad-Joy

IN THE KINGSTON PROJECT SPACE Mary Lang: Small Moments of Sad-Joy December 9, 2020 – January 17, 2021 Artist Reception: (following socially distanced guidelines) Friday, January 8, 2021 Kingston Conversation: December 16, 2020, 7:00-8:00 pm EST

I recently became aware of a Japanese phrase – Mono No Aware – which is their term for the awareness of impermanence. According to Wikipedia, it means, literally, the pathos of things, also translated as an empathy toward things, or a sensitivity to ephemera. I thought to myself, "How did I not know of this phrase all these years?" It says it so well. Wikipedia goes on to use many more words to express this simple awareness: The transience of things, and a gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at

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