Art Bets: Brook Reynolds at Urban Dharma

Inspired by Soto Zen Buddhism, the silver gelatin photographs of Brook Reynolds find a fitting home at Urban Dharma, a new Buddhist center at 29 Page Ave. in downtown Asheville. Her show Enso, meaning ‘circle’ in Japanese, is a Zen symbol for the interconnectedness and impermanence of life. Reynolds creates ensos by placing an object on a rotating surface and photographing it with a slow shutter speed while in motion, capturing a blur. Her objects are delicate and specific: cat whiskers, goat wool, petrified wood. Sixteen photos line the walls of the temple area, requiring viewers to remove their shoes before examining the images. This action, combined with quiet music and permanent altars among the photographs, creates more of an art installation experience that is not to be missed. The show is up through Sept. 23. Open to the public Thursday through Saturday, noon until 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon until 4 p.m. udharmanc.com and brookreynoldsphotography.com.

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