GCCA invites you to the opening night of our newest Community Gallery exhibition, “Mono No Aware”, on First Friday, November 3rd from 6-9pm. “Mono No Aware” will be on display from November 3rd – December 20th, 2023 and admission is free during open business hours.
In “Mono No Aware,” exhibiting artist Leigh Mitchell presents over 30 black & white photographs inspired by the ephemeral nature of things. Included in the exhibition are images that metaphorically allude to all the trees humans have cut down and all the pollution humans are adding to the land and atmosphere. Mitchell’s work speaks to the precarious situation and tangled mess humanity and the earth are in and to the eerie sense of foreboding for what may lie ahead. ‘Mono No Aware,’ is a Japanese term meaning “beauty tinged with sadness.” More specifically, the term alludes to the bittersweet awareness that all things inevitably change form or come to an end. Both a deep ache and a deep appreciation accompany the awareness that we don’t know how long human life and the earth as we know it will last. Mitchell’s work in “Mono No Aware” was funded in part from an artist grant from Metropolitan Arts Council.