ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Christopher Duffy - Art in General - September 22nd, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Art in General is pleased to present Christopher Duffy’s New Commission, <em>I Think I Want My Energy in All Colors</em>, a series of new glass sculptures presented together as a dynamic installation.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Suspended from the ceiling of the storefront Project Space, a mechanized series of glass vessels turn on an axis, shimmering and reflecting against the windows. A collection of tubes, acting as a sculptural circulatory system, pass air through glass vessels encased in brightly colored balloons. Expanding and contracting, these inorganic organisms breathe, giving the installation its own heartbeat and pulse. In another corner of the space, a glass rainbow explodes from the base of a bronze tree trunk, reaching for the sun. A faint soundtrack penetrates the space, a constant loop that mirrors the kinetic movement of the installation.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Sublime, wondrous and playful, <em>I Think I Want My Energy in All Colors</em> links internal and external systems of connectivity. The work’s confounding transparency, highlighted by Duffy’s use of craft, abstraction, and everyday materials, plays with the concept that looking and being looked at are vital forms of interaction.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Christopher Duffy</strong> (b. 1980) is an American artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Duffy received his BFA in glass from The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH (2003). He has worked with or fabricated glasswork for many artists including Brent Young, Josiah McElheny, Michiko Sakano, Jorge Pardo, and Thaddeus Wolfe. He was the assistant art director on the short lived cult classic IFC television show <em>FoodParty</em> for its second season, and has also worked with the musician GirlTalk for several years on live visual elements. He was instrumental in the formation of the now defunct no profit experimental Brooklyn performance space Paris London West Nile. This marks the second solo presentation of Duffy’s work in New York City, his first solo exhibition was in 2008 at Live With Animals Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.</span></p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 19:43:15 +0000 Sonya Robbins, Layla Childs - Art in General - September 22nd, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Art in General is pleased to present robbinschilds’ <em>I came here on my own.</em>, a new video and performance project that encompasses entire 6th Floor gallery.</p> <p><strong>robbinschilds</strong> was formed by choreographers, Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs in 2003. Though trained in and rooted by a background in dance, robbinschilds often works outside of that discipline, engaging in site-specific and installation-based performances which contain elements of video, sound and sculpture. The duo creates performance and video works for diverse venues including the stage, gallery, museum or site. In their presentation of time based work robbinschilds explores the juncture between architecture or place, and human interaction.</p> <p>robbinschilds’ live work has been presented in NYC at The Kitchen, PS 122, Dance Theater Workshop, MoMA PS 1, The New Museum, Movement Research at Judson Church, DanceSpace Project at St. Mark’s Church, and the Autumn Skate Bowl. Outside of New York, the company was presented at Pica’s 2009 TBA festival, Portland, OR; SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA; The Art Center, Salina, KS; The Marfa Ballroom, Marfa, TX; Fritz Haeg’s Sundown Salon, Los Angeles, CA; and internationally at The Donau Festival, Krems, Austria.</p> <p>In addition to their live work, robbinschilds’ video art has been exhibited at The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA (2011), MoMA PS1, New York, NY (2010), Vaska Emanouilova Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria (2009), The Physics Room in Christchurch, New Zealand (2009), Zendai MoMa, Shanghai, China (2008), The New Museum, New York, NY (2008) Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain (2007), Taxter and Spengemann Gallery, New York, NY (2007), LACE: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA (2007), and was screened as part of BAM’s 2007 Next Wave series. Recent company residencies include Mt. Tremper Arts in upstate New York, The Arts Center in Christchurch, New Zealand, and The LAB in Philadelphia, PA.</p> <p>In 2010 robbinschilds received an Art Matters travel grant to visit and work in Iceland, and most recently they were awarded a MAP Fund production grant for their current performance project <em>I came here on my own.</em>, which Art in General is proud to be presenting.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 19:43:57 +0000 Viola Yesiltac - Balice Hertling & Lewis - September 22nd, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Swept over like a cow’s lick on a gushy groundswell<br />of “fingernail sensitivity’,<br />swollen sailboats,<br />tossed like salad,<br />cast out washy lines.<br />But there’s no trusting in ocean tectonics:<br />“<em>Auf den Wellen, gibt es nichts als Wellen</em>”<br />and who would expect less,<br />than a full-blown over,<br />on his side<br />slippery and split?</p> <p><br />Under melting caps, the surface grew sodden and cracked,<br />corduroy suffering, rising damp,<br />and leaks blasting up from Leviathan’s blow-hole,<br />soaking all through to the skin,<br />at least, up to the neck.<br />An incessant drip dripping from overflowing hemispheres,<br />and kitchen sink dramas.<br />So send out shoals of seapunks,<br />roaming from pirate coast to pirate coast,<br />desperately seeking the little Dutch boy<br />to put his finger in the dyke.</p> <p>When the opening had run dry,<br />plastic cups collected by currents in Great Pacific gyres,<br />its survivors huddled along shorelines,<br />crying over spilt milk and waving off<br />the maiden voyage for Schlaraffenland,<br />singing “meer und meer-Busen,”<br />plunging under cardboard quavers,<br />flotsam and jetsam,<br />bobbing up and down,<br />suspended in jars<br />like curios.<br />Rory Rowan</p> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 16:50:17 +0000 Renaud Regnery - Elizabeth Dee Gallery - September 22nd, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p><span style="font-size: small;" size="2">Elizabeth Dee is pleased to introduce the US debut exhibition by Renaud Regnery opening on Saturday,<br /> September 22<sup>nd </sup>with a reception for the artist from 6-8PM.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;" size="2">Regnery's mediations in painting interfere with direct signification, incorporating the trauma of nostalgia with the proliferation of meanings generated by a world immersed in digital culture. Shifting hierarchies through elaborate repetition and dislocation, the paintings' motifs which are entirely photocopied, scanned and printed with commercial devises, evolve in one continuous, fracturing and self-replicating system--then oiled, scratched and burned beyond recognition. Regnery's radical strategies challenge reflexes of visual recognition, framing analog matter amid the proliferation of digital information as contemporary aesthetic reality. As information builds and accumulates, it is simultaneously lost.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;" size="2">Regnery curates and produces works in equal measure. He researches materials sourced from the decaying material world, seen here as forlorn patterns from 70’s European wallpaper, or mass produced mylars that indicate a decade specific past. The digital simulation of forms that are applied to these excavated surfaces incorporate repetitive strategies of application through silkscreens and printing techniques that distance the actualized image from it's mode of production. Working with and against strategies of labor, linear history, authentication and authorship these works question and embrace an alternative form of collective intelligence. Regnery's directed production onto these found surfaces efface and further the tension between what is located in time and what is yet to be cataloged and assessed.  What remains is a compressed history of the degeneration of matter and the mechanical traces of digital interference. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;" size="2">Regnery comments on the decay of the material world in favor of a utopian, digital simulation. The employment of universal materials--burns, tears and degeneration of surfaces with fire, smoke, rust and oil, incorporate the excavation of primal responses amid dystopian forms of digital correction. Regnery's paintings demonstrate that the environment that surrounds us is in opposition to itself, runs the risk of extinction, and the eventual replacement of tangible things with their virtual projection discards the natural processes of decay. In turn, what remains are side effects, wear and tear and potential new ways of defining abstraction.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;" size="2">Renaud Regnery was born in  Épinal, France and lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (BFA) and Dresden Academy of Visual Art (MFA). Current and previous exhibitions include <em>The Necessity of Abstraction</em>, Prague Biennial (2011),  <em>Dot.Systems</em>, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, and <em>Ritournelle</em>, Klemm’s, Berlin (2011). Renaud Regnery is a past recipient of the DAAD and the upcoming 2013 recipient of the French Institute Curatorial New York Residence. He is also co-founder of SOX, an artist run non-profit exhibition project in Berlin.</span></p> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 23:54:30 +0000 - Gallery Brooklyn - September 22nd, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>The Vandal or Visionary Series calls into question the simplistic characterization of artists who work on the street as one dimensional vandals and it wonders aloud what a gallery show would look like if viewed through their eyes. Many artists have always had a better understanding of the scene than academics or experts who talk about it and this series allow us to see a show curated by someone with a direct view and a very unique perspective.</p> <p> is a daily source for Street Art reporting, interviews, and photography in New York and around the world.</p> <p>We’ve been thinking a lot about this show and recently published examples on the street that are indicative of this new direction;</p> <p>“Art from the streets has been heralding a new eye-popping geometric disorder that can now fairly be called a movement.”</p> <p>GEOMETRICKS turns the spotlight on the movement on the streets that boasts bold color, wild patterning, sophisticated lineplay, and a modern approach to abstraction.</p> <p>As the stylistic circle widens on the street, GEOMETRICKS grabs a razor-sharp cross section of the growing number of graffiti artists who depart from traditional forms of lettering, Street Artists who are not interested in Pop-inspired icons or irony, and fine artists who never considered the “rules” of the street to begin with.</p> <p>GEOMETRICKS references modernists, tribalists, and the rhythmic symmetry of the natural world, with it’s hexagons and spirals and comforting repetitions. Old labels about graffiti and Street Art mean little; this group takes the formalist clarity that references geometry, folk art, and science, and often smashes it with an abstract hammer.</p> <p>Parallel, perpendicular, rigid, curvilinear; lines and shapes intersect and play off color-rich pattern – challenging the shape, form and expectations of many in the Street Art scene. GEOMETRICKS show how graff and Street Art right now are exploding in a new direction together without first asking for permission, again advancing the conversation of art on the streets.</p> <p>“I’m stoked to be able put together this GEOMETRICKS show with some artists who I’ve really admired for a long time as well as some of the new players on the scene. This show is a great opportunity for me to create a vision and really put a dream team of artists into one room and show people what I am diggin’ right now.” - Hellbent</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 23:06:26 +0000 - BRIC Arts | Media House - September 23rd, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p>In conjunction with BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn’s exhibition at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, <em>8 Artists Making Sculpture: The 5<sup>th</sup> Annual Registry Exhibition</em>, exhibition organizer Jamie Sterns has invited the ART Book Club to host an <strong>art book swap</strong> so that <strong>artists and art lovers can meet, share, and trade. </strong></p> <p><strong>Please bring your old art books, zines, comics, prints and swap for new ones!</strong></p> <p>The ART Book Club is a group of artists based in New York City who convene regularly to host member studio visits and to discuss art related texts. Members include artists Inna Babaeva, Gina Beavers, Stacy Fisher, Amanda Friedman, Elizabeth Hirsch, Fran Holstrom, Saira McLaren, Carolyn Salas, Emily Weiner, Letha Wilson.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 16:03:57 +0000 Donald Judd, Carol Bove - Dia Art Foundation - September 24th, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <h3 class="subtitle_4">Carol Bove</h3> <div class="content_body dia-links">Carol Bove was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1971. Raised in Berkeley, California, she graduated from New York University in 2000. Bove’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2004); the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2004); and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010). Her sculptural installations have been included in several major group exhibitions: among them, the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), the Whitney Biennial (2008), and, most recently, Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany (2012). Bove’s art has also shown at the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010) and the Tate Britain, London (2008). She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.</div> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 21:48:15 +0000 Fritz Haeg, J. Morgan Puett, Karen Hewitt, Reggio Children - MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) - September 24th, 2012 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM <p>Organized in conjunction with the exhibition <i>Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000</i> (July 27–November 5, 2012), MoMA Studio: Common Senses is a multisensory environment at the intersection of education, design, and art that aims to foster our evolving relationships with nature, technology, and our everyday surroundings through community interactions and creative play. A series of drop-in activities, workshops, and ongoing projects for audiences of all ages integrates components such as light, nature, food, textiles, games, and technology. Artists, designers, and educators including Fritz Haeg, J. Morgan Puett, Karen Hewitt, Reggio Children, and others engage visitors in generative and sensory experiences, from harvesting an edible garden and hand-weaving rugs to creating light-based scapes and playing familiar and new games. </p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 04:22:24 +0000 Tamar Cohen, Megan Greene, Leslie Hirst, Casey Ruble, Raven Schlossberg, Maritta Tapanainen, Jennifer Williams - Hunterdon Art Museum - September 25th, 2012 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>This exhibition features the work of seven contemporary artists who approach collage in unique ways. From small detailed landscapes by Casey Ruble, to site-specific pieces covering two walls by Jennifer Williams, or the works of Leslie Hirst that combine graffiti, handmade lace and printing from antique books, the show will expose visitors to artists who explore new paths with collage. Through the use of different materials to create a unified work of art, the artists working in collage can offer multiple viewpoints and distinctions to a single idea. The artists participating in the collage exhibit are: Tamar Cohen, Megan Greene, Leslie Hirst, Casey Ruble, Raven Schlossberg, Maritta Tapanainen and Jennifer Williams.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:44:01 +0000 Lauren Was, Adam Eckstrom - Hunterdon Art Museum - September 25th, 2012 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>Artists Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was show how one man's junk can be two artists' treasure by creating wondrous works of art from discarded lottery and scratch ticket and other popular culture detritus. The pair creates sculptures and installations that embody people's hopes and dreams for luxury, opulence or the perfect love. The work is visually stunning, while offering a clever critique on society's fascination with instant gratification and the quick fix. Sky's The Limit, made from discarded lottery tickets, is a large scale work that typifies Ghost of a Dream's technique of transforming detritus into a beautifully patterned, elaborate work of art. Ghost of a Dream's works have been shown at solo and group exhibitions in Bologna, London, Beijing, Berlin, Copenhagen, Basel and New York.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 01:09:47 +0000 Jan Huling - Hunterdon Art Museum - September 25th, 2012 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>Jan Huling creates three-dimensional works of art by covering found objects with beads and other objects arranged in colorful patterns. Huling's beadwork is quite diverse, spanning from a beaded kazoo to entire table tops. She draws deep inspiration from her fascination with indigenous or popular culture and world religions. By juxtaposing religious and political icons with an eclectic assortment of objects, she challenges the viewer to consider common images within an altered context. Her work has been featured at New York City's Lyon's Wier Gallery, the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis and the Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh. She was also a featured artist at SOFA.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 01:12:47 +0000 Group Show - Hunterdon Art Museum - September 25th, 2012 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>The annual Members Exhibition will showcase the talents of more than 30 artists who support the Hunterdon Art Museum and are part of the Museum's community. This year, over 50 artists submitted entries to Juror Kristen Accola for consideration in this year's exhibition. The exhibition will feature works in mixed media, painting, sculpture, ceramics and fiber art. "The Members Exhibition is an important tradition," said Marjorie Frankel Nathanson, executive director at HAM. "We are fortunate to have so many gifted artists as Members."</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 01:14:24 +0000 Nancy Burson, Filip Dujardin, Joan Fontcuberta, Beate Gütschow, Matthew Porter - The Metropolitan Museum of Art - September 25th, 2012 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM <p>This installation explores various ways in which artists, including Nancy Burson, Filip Dujardin, Joan Fontcuberta, Beate Gütschow, and others, have used digital technology to alter the photographic image from the 1980s to the present. Featuring approximately twenty-five works drawn from the permanent collection, it serves as an addendum to the special exhibition <em>Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop</em>.</p> <p>Over the past twenty years, photography has undergone a dramatic transformation. Mechanical cameras and silver-based film have been replaced by electronic image sensors and microchips. Instead of shuffling through piles of glossy prints, we stare at the glowing screens of laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Negative enlargers and chemical darkrooms have given way to personal computers and image-processing software. Photographers have always used manual techniques to alter their images, but digital cameras and applications such as Adobe Photoshop have made the process quicker, easier, and more accessible to many more people—both amateurs and professionals—than ever before.</p> <p>Today, the manipulation of photographic images is ubiquitous—in magazines and advertising, in police work and medical imaging, and increasingly in the snapshots of vacations, weddings, and graduations that we email to friends and family and upload to social-networking websites. It is not surprising that artists have seized upon these new tools to realize their visions and to spur reflection on the medium's past, present, and future. This exhibition presents a selection of photographs and video in which artists have used digital technology to modify and transform the camera image or, in some cases, to generate convincingly realistic photographs with no real-world counterparts. Whether imagining alternate realities, reinterpreting classic works of art, or exuberantly defying the laws of gravity, these artists and others are pointing the way toward a new conception of photography as a malleable medium with an exquisitely complex relationship to visual truth.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 01:19:26 +0000 Tom Rubnitz, Dynasty Handbag - White Columns - September 25th, 2012 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p></p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p>Dirty Looks returns with a special Tuesday night screening of manic videos and camp performance, bringing together the work of Tom Rubnitz and Dynasty Handbag. </p> <p>Tom Rubnitz’s zany infomercials and dessert tutorials from the 1980s feature prominent drag figures, like RuPaul, Lady Bunny, and Hapi Phace. Equal parts subversion and candy colored pop, contemporary audiences continue to hum the mantra (“Hammmm”) of Rubnitz’s hilarious <em>Pickle Surprise</em>, which has scored over 1.5 million hits on YouTube to date. Handbag, who is best known for her live media spectacles and performances, will participate in a rare screening of her single-channel video works, including the recently completed <em>Eternal Quadrangle</em>.</p> <p>Over the course of the 1980s and up until his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Tom Rubnitz captured the personalities and energy of the East Village scene in his loony, anarchic, and hallucigenically-colored short videos. Screwball TV broadcasts from an alternate reality, these videos take the form of cooking shows, music videos, or kids shows, featuring club kids like James St. James and Michael Alig, downtown luminaries like Ann Magnuson, and drag legends-in-the-making like RuPaul, the Lady Bunny, and Hapi Phace. As Amy Taubin wrote, Rubnitz's “glitter-dusted videos distill the sensibility of a generation of TV babies whose venue of choice was the Pyramid Club rather than the Whitney Museum.” Rubnitz and his demented TV takeoffs live on in the YouTube era, with the ever-popular <em>Pickle Surprise</em> racking up over a million views and inspiring fan remixes and remakes.</p> <p>Called “the most outrageous performance artist in town” by Michael Musto and a “crackpot genius” by the Village Voice, Jibz Cameron has been performing as her oddball alter ego Dynasty Handbag since 2002. <em>The Quiet Storm</em> finds Dynasty Handbag deciding to take a vow of silence. She soon discovers that silence is golden, but the kind of golden that leads her into a vacuum of isolation and despair. Shot entirely on green screen using pirated internet photos as backdrops and in place of other actors, <em>The Quiet Storm</em> is both a dream and nightmare of contemporary video production. The recent <em>Eternal Quadrangle</em> finds Dynasty Handbag on a dating game show where she must choose between four contestants vying for a spot in her vast cosmic emptiness. The bachelors are: an aggressively ambitious professional golfer, a hard-luck stray dog, a disembodied brain, and, of course, the grim reaper himself. All have attractive qualities and perhaps sustainable methodologies for dealing with life, but must she choose just one? And why are these her only choices?</p> <p>Program:<br /><br />Tom Rubnitz: </p> <p><i>Drag Queen Marathon</i>, video, 1986<br /><i>Made for TV</i>, video, 1984<br /><i>Pickle Surprise</i>, video, 1989<br /><i>Strawberry Shortcut</i>, video, 1989<br /><i>The Mother Show</i>, video, 1991<br /><br />Dynasty Handbag: </p> <p><i>The Quiet Storm</i> (w. Hedia Maron), video, 2007<br /><i>Eternal Quadrangle</i>, video, 2012</p> <p>The event will also feature a complimentary publication featuring writings by Brian Bauman, Lady Bunny, Nicholas de Villiers, Joe E. Jeffreys and original artwork. </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:37:38 +0000 - David Zwirner 537 W 20th - September 27th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Word Above the Street in collaboration with Studio in a School is pleased to announce WATER! The Water Tank Project NYC Art Exhibition. The exhibition is a selection of works by New York City public high school students from all five boroughs who participated in the Spring 2012 Art Competition for The Water Tank Project. Curated by Neville Wakefield, Bettina Bryant<b> </b>and Mary Jordan, WATER! The Water Tank Project NYC Art Exhibition<b> </b>will be on view at David Zwirner’s 535 West 20<sup>th</sup> Street New York space September 27 – October 6, 2012. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 27<sup>th</sup> from 6 – 8pm with many of the students present.</p> <p>Founded by Mary Jordan, Word Above the Street (a New York City based non-profit organization devoted to merging art and technology for advocacy’s sake), in collaboration with Studio in a School, engaged students from five New York public high schools to participate in an art competition for The Water Tank Project. The goal of the competition and exhibition is to celebrate the achievement of these students and to raise public awareness about water as the defining resource of the 21<sup>st</sup> century. The exhibition serves as a prelude to a city-wide public art project, The Water Tank Project, slated for May 31<sup>st</sup>, 2013.  </p> <p>The Water Tank Project feature exhibition will be a highly curated selection of New York City’s iconic rooftop water tanks that will be temporarily wrapped with original artworks on the subject of water. Confirmed artists to date include Ghada Amer and Reza Farkondeh, John Baldessari, Andy Goldsworthy, Jeff Koons, Julie Mehretu, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Weber, Lawrence Weiner amongst others. Geared towards raising awareness of water as the most valuable resource, the exhibition will bring together the work of both established and emerging artists as well as local high school students. The exhibition will be complemented with education programs, public tours and a symposium on global water issues. </p> <p>The Water Tank Project provides a unique opportunity for public school children to project their voice on an important issue. The project aligns with Studio in a School’s effort to offer students the “experience of reflection, discovery and wonder” and the focused art activities will support skills and behavior that are intrinsic to intellectual and social growth as well as instill excitement and pride in their creations.</p> <p>The Water Tank Project’s Public School Competition utilizes the Five Strands of Arts Learning detailed in the <i>Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts</i>, a city-wide visual arts curriculum co-created by Studio in a School and the New York City Department of Education. Through these programs, students have been exposed to cross-disciplinary, career-building skills that include: setting goals, planning and working both independently and as a team. Students from high schools across New York City’s five boroughs are participating in The Water Tank Project Competition, and five finalists will be selected to have their work featured on a highly visible water tank.</p> <p>WATER! The Water Tank Project NYC Art Exhibition is made possible by the Booth Ferris Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. Whole Foods Market is the refreshment provider and a continued supporter of The Water Tank Project.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:33:46 +0000 SUJAN BISWAS - Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries - New Delhi - September 27th, 2012 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM <p>The art of Sujan Biswas is an exploration of several forms within a given space, where harmony and balance are given a severe test and come off with flying colours. This discipline of piecing together several metaphors on a given canvas space makes the artist a visionary who does not look at either Nature or Man in splendid isolation but as cogs of a giant wheel, with components of human limbs and mechanical parts pinned, clogged and re-formed into contraptions, faintly recognizable in their parts and yet familiar and recognisable in their holistic format.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Besides the posturing of limbs and engineering tools, the artist&rsquo;s discerning eye conjoins these precisely chosen images to formulate his take on the present state of affairs, the subjugation of the human being to the demands of a mechanical lifestyle, where nature is mangled and manipulated into flattened forms, ghostly skeletons and muted sufferers amidst the mayhem all around. Indeed the very laws of natural existence have been upturned so that beasts of burden ride astride human shoulders and humans are nursed on the milk of mares. In these fantasy-filled otherworldly references, with its many-layered imagery, there is no angst or anxiety, but simply an urge to relate to the circumstantial pieces of evidence all around.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All this subtle exploration of the current scenario is depicted with great sophistication. An artist with a penchant for experimentation Sujan Biswas has not stopped at acrylic and colour alone. He exploits the possibilities of line and ink to detail his depictions into a means of communication. The colour play is through muted applications using a single colour reference as the start point. The drama lies in the forefront while the understated backdrop remains a witness to the vibrant happenings in the forefront.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Thus his works titled stylishly as &lsquo;Nirbaak&rsquo;( speechless), or &lsquo;Slide Share&rsquo; or&rsquo; Transformation&rsquo;, portray the living throbbing reality of our world through a lexicon of interpretative symbols laced with fantasy and reality making his works the currency that is being transacted in the marketplace of contemporary&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:53:40 +0000