Behavioral Art Is A Creative Process Of Art Making Informed By The Devotional Habits Of The Artist

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Behavioral art is a creative process of art making informed by the devotional habits of the artist, be it habits rooted in the traditional practices of Buddhism or the conceptual ideas of contemporary art; they infuses the work with a sense of intention meant to open a viewer to what they can discover rather than what they merely see. In its simplest form, it comes from an awareness of the tendency towards ritualistic activity in the everyday. These rituals are at the heart of devotional practices, and for the artists rooted in devotional habits, the works they create are inseparable from that behavior. For a Buddhist, the deeply rooted devotional behavior that might significantly impact the creative process is meditation. This practice, whether in the strictest religious sense or in a conceptual sense, is a devotional behavior that informs and structures the artists actions and relationship to his or hers work.
One such example can be found in the work of 43-year-old Chinese born artist Yang Yongsheng. His print On the Path of Faith is a contemporary reflection of this greater theme of behavioral art in both method and in the overarching symbolism of the work. On the Path of Faith is a monochromatic relief etching hand printed in an edition of 25/30, measuring 17.91 inches by 24.6 inches and featured in the Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Gallery at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. The print depicts a ceremonial procession of four Tibetan monks set before a large stone…

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