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Shimmering Zen Hardcover – Illustrated, November 3, 2017

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Finally a book made for micro-dosing! I spent about 10 minutes with Shimmering Zen and I'm already booking a weekend in Joshua Tree. James Stanford is an artist whose photography, digital illustration and painting has culminated in a series of works he calls Indra's Jewels, a group of digitally reinvented mosaics of patterns that are influenced by the Mohave Desert and landscape surrounding Las Vegas, or even Stanford's earliest forays into art. Experiencing the great works of the 16th-century artist Luis de Morales at the Prado Museum in Madrid at the age of 20 in 1968. These elements have found their way into the hypnotic, LSD drenched mandalas, repetitive layering's that carry a deeply self-conscious style. As Elizabeth Herridge writes in her essay for Shimmering Zen, a Mandela is defined as a consecrated enclosed space from the profane by a series of borders guarded by magical figures. Over 260 pages, Stanford's modern take on the mandala creates a stream of dreamlike experiences, abstract but with tiny details that begin to look like familiar sites everyday life. it has been 51 years since I took LSD, Stanford writes. I have never felt the need to do it again, such was the impact it had on me. It gave me a glimpse into the true nature of enlightenment. Maybe he passed his vibes onto you. --Evan Pricco - Juxtapoz Magazine

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James Stanford creates visual expressions of spirituality, Zen Buddhism, and metaphysics. In his Shimmering Zen series, the artist digitally transforms iconic vintage signage from Las Vegas into mandala creations. Stanford earned his MFA from the University of Washington and BFA from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. His work can be found in numerous international private collections in the United States and the United Kingdom. Stanford is an independent book publisher heading Smallworks Press which specializes in art and culture publications. 

Elizabeth Herridge specializes in museum management, marketing, fundraising and development. She shares her expertise as an art advisor with individuals and institutions and, as a specialist in Late Qing Dynasty jewellery and related materials, provides consulting services to private dealers and other interested parties. Elizabeth is a graduate of Wellesley College (B.A. French) and has an M.A. in Art and Archaeology (Asian Art) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, U.K., as well as an M.A. in Connoisseurship and the Art and Auction Market from Christie's Education, New York. She is also a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute's Museum Leadership Program (MLI) and is fluent in French. 

Jeff Rosen serves as vice president of accreditation relations and director of the Open Pathway for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). With expertise in governance, graduate study, civic engagement and strategic planning, he advises institutional leaders on accreditation policies and practices and oversees the peer review process for 130 public and private institutions. In 2018, Rosen conducted an agency-wide evaluation of HLC's processes and outcomes, and in 2013, developed HLC's approval protocol for competency-based education. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies). 

Before joining HLC, Jeff served as a research university dean of professional and continuing studies, professor of art history, and elected trustee of a public community college. In those roles, he created numerous academic programs by developing cross-campus initiatives using multiple delivery platforms. Rosen holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, an M.S. in Adult Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a B.A. from New York University. His most recent book is Julia Margaret Cameron's 'fancy subjects' (Manchester University Press, 2016). 

Laura Henkel produces comprehensive creative strategies and programs designed to deliver strong equity and cultural relevance. Through her company ArtCulture PR, she stewards contemporary art projects, publishing and specialized global ventures. She is a published curator, writer and photographer.

Philip Lewis specializes in the design and production of art books, exhibition catalogues, marketing material, and graphics for museums and galleries. Among his clients are The British Museum, The Courtauld Gallery, The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Royal Academy, Royal Collection Trust, Tate Modern/Britain, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Lewis has enjoyed working closely with artists such as Richard Long, Anish Kapoor, Susan Hiller, Rachel Whiteread, and James Stanford. Lewis Hallam Design is recognized for achieving award-winning publications.

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  • Item Weight : 5.9 pounds
  • Hardcover : 264 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0977880672
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0977880676
  • Dimensions : 11.8 x 1.3 x 12.26 inches
  • Publisher : Smallworks Press; First edition (November 3, 2017)
  • Language: : English
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