Special Exhibit: Enso Collection by Daniel Kanaan @ Firehouse

Date:October 29, 2014 to October 31, 2014.
Time:12:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Location:Harrington Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton


Special Exhibit:  Daniel Kanaan - Enso Collection.  October 22 through December 10.  Fascinating installation curated by The Harrington Gallery and Firehouse Arts Center.  Large and medium scale water media works (largest is 7 x 7 feet), depicting the "enso," the Japanese word for an uninhibited, hand-drawn circle.  In Zen Buddhism, Enso is intended to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.  International artist Danial Kanaan has exhibited alongside such noted artists as Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach.  The public is invited to explore and and enjoy the exhibits during Firehouse Arts Center open hours.  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 12:00 - 5:00 pm; Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.  4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.  Donations always appreciated.  For more information, contact Gallery Director:, or call the gallery: 925-931-4849.

Daniel Kanaan has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition (London).  Born in Boston and raised in London, Kanaan spent most of his life in England and France before returning to the United States in 2011.  He now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, notes Harrington Gallery Director Jennifer Finegan, who curated this exhibit.

Kanaan switched his focus from figurative work to abstracts a few years ago, which bought him to his latest body of work, Enso.  He has explored a variety of mediums and motifs over the course of his career, including landscapes, portraits, and even kinetic art working with scrap metal.  His experimentation with printmaking led him to create an etching titled 'Lawn Chairs,' which was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2007.

In discussing the Enso, Kanaan says, "In the case of these very large, colorful Enso, it is their remarkable nature to evoke the most complex human emotions with the simplest of forms."  He goes on to propose that "the existential questions posed by the Enso are at the very core of an artist's ethos, summed up most eloquently by Gauguin: Where do we come from; what are we; where are we going?"

Come and ponder.

Mr. Kanaan will be at the Firehouse on Thursday, November 6, from 7-9 pm during the next Harrington Gallery artist's reception.  The public is invited to this free reception, to chat with the artists and enjoy light refreshments.

Information about the Harrington Gallery:
Located inside the Firehouse Arts Center, the Harrington Gallery is a state-of-the-art 2000 square foot exhibition space operated by the City of Pleasanton.  Exhibits are located in the gallery, the grand atrium lobby, the upper mezzanine, and across the glass bridge in the Firehouse Lounge.  The gallery and exhibit spaces maintain a lively schedule of rotating art installations featuring a variety of media, themes, and styles.  Exciting interactive programs in performing and visual arts are on-going.  The Firehouse Arts Center opened in 2010, and also houses the 227-seat Firehouse Theater which presents world-class performances.  The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton.  Media: Jane Onojafe,, or 925-931-4855

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