The Third Mind: Interview with Tom Marioni

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Tom Marioni discusses An Aid to Communication (1979) and his role in the rise of Bay Area Conceptual art in the 1970s. He explains the profound influence of East Asian art and thought on San Francisco artists and poets, and comments on how East Coast critics often misunderstood their art. Marioni also discusses how the influence of Zen Buddhism on his practice is evident in his live enactment of a circle wall drawing created at the Guggenheim Museum for The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989. His performance is rooted in the Japanese Zen practice of brushing ensō (symbol of “the empty mind” and “pure being”), and follows the East Asian calligraphic practices of breathing, mark making, and picture writing.

For more information, visit The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989.