SPLITTING IMAGE has been presented by City College Center for the Arts in partnership with Art in Flux, and curated by Omo Misha. The exhibit runs through December 8, 2017 at the Windows on Amsterdam Gallery, located at Amsterdam Avenue and 136th Street on the North Academic Center (NAC) plaza at City College of New York.
The exhibit includes selections from several phases of Uday K. Dhar’s artistry – all examining dual realities and the transformation of man. Featured portraits are from Dhar's "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" series (2010-2014) and start with a rough human outline representing the "Purusha", or "man as the representation of mankind." Each painting embodies a different combination of materials and processes to express the fluidity of identity. The works in this series mirror the artist’s own cultural foundation and transformation by the dynamic of trans-national global society into a multiplicity of avatars.
The entirety of his work examines contrasting and overlapping ethnological, historic, and even religious and mythological realities, and concepts of existing between different worlds, shifting roles, and challenging norms. What remains important for the artist is to reinterpret cultural, social and personal experiences through art in ways that can be meaningful to others. Even though his artistic projects evolve from the double-edged experience of immigration to this country, his art is a commentary on the larger cultural transformations that are taking place in the United States, in India, and in humanity throughout the world.
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