My collage of shapes created from the works of Bernice Bing.
Tribute to Bernice Bing (1936-1998), known for her interest in the Beats, Zen Buddhism, and calligraphy-inspired abstraction.
“BINGO was Bernice Bing's nickname. Bingo, a game of chance--a shout that punctuates a winning moment, when all numerical elements have lined up properly and a pattern emerges. A nickname filled with auspicious delight, energy, luck, accomplishment... As an artist, a radical thinker, a Chinese American, a lesbian, a Buddhist–-she strove to live an ordinary life in a profoundly non-ordinary way. Bingo’s life often went against the grain; her works were acts of trust and faith.”
-Lydia Matthews, “Quantum Bingo”
"Bernice Lee Bing (1936-1998) came of age during a time when ‘lesbian’ was a bad word, racism was rampant, and women were expected to be housewives... Bing emerged at the forefront of the avant garde and thrived in the heart of the Beat scene in San Francisco’s North Beach. Her large circle of friends included artists Joan Brown and Jay DeFeo. In addition to producing her own masterful compositions, Bing effected changes in the San Francisco art world and community arts organizations that continue to be vital today."