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Current and Recent Exhibitions: 

 

Paradigm Shift: MCAD Alumni & Friends Honor Kinji Akagawa,  Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN.  January 16-February 22, 2009

 

Land-escape, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN                                                                             March 7- April 11, 2009, opening reception Friday, March 6, 6-9pm.  

Moylan's drawings of actual historic sites in Afghanistan and Iraq, such as The Great Buddha od Bamiyan, elucidate the disquieting tension between the beauty of these ancient sites and their countries' war torn realites. Subtle and ghostly in their execution, the workss raise the question:  How do such spiriituality and violence exist simultaneously?

Mason Riddle, March 25, 2009, mnartists.org

 

The Bamiyan Valley is between the Hindu Kush and the Koh-i-Baba Mountains  in present day Afghanistan.  Situated on the ancient Silk Road, the contested trade route connecting China with the Middle East.  In 554 AD, the great Buddha of Bamiyan, Vairocana, was carved in the living rock of the sandstone cliff, the finer details were added with stucco, painted and adorned with gold and fine jewels.  This was the largest standing Buddha statue in the world, standing 180 feet tall.  In 2001 the Taliban destroyed this statue and a smaller one, 121 feet in height, blowing them up with dynamite.  Much of the damage visible on the Buddha in this image was the result of previous attempts to destroy the statue.  Most notable of these attacks occurred in the early 18th century.  Islamic forces under the orders of Nader Shah used cannon fire to damage the face, arms and legs of the Great Buddha.  At one time, Buddhist monks prayed in the numerous caves in the surrounding cliffs. The caves and alcove of the Great Buddha are covered with oil paintings that have been determined to be the oldest in the world.