Flickering Myths

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She the Question, Head on fire, 2012 Digital Print 70 X 50 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Wendi Norris
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Flickering Myths

161 Jessie Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
November 1st, 2012 - December 22nd, 2012
Opening: November 1st, 2012 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

(415) 346-7812
Tue-Sat 11-6
animation, collage, mixed-media, digital, installation


Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to announce “Flickering Myths”, internationally recognized artist Chitra Ganesh’s first solo exhibition on the west coast. Through drawings, digital prints, and a mixed-media installation created on site, Ganesh recombines mythic and science fiction imagery to elucidate transgressive surreal and feminist narratives that typically remain submerged in dominant art historical and literary canons. This exhibition includes the print-installation debut of her newest comic book work, "She the Question", which was originally commissioned by the Gothenburg Kunsthalle in Sweden.

Ganesh’s personal visual language is informed by her longstanding interest in the Amar Chitra Katha (ACK) comics created in India in the late 60s, and her recent visual research into erotic and political manga, supported by the Art Matters Foundation. Her images, whether drawn, digitally generated, or combining media, teem with fantastical elements: swarming eyes, psychedelic patterns and colors, distorted female forms, winged weapons, disembodied wounds, and apocalyptic landscapes. Narratives unfold within each frame, as well as across multiple panels. Although the mythological archetypes of power, time, and destiny that Ganesh deploys are timeless, the themes and lines of inquiry she explores, such as gender identity politics, international imperialism, and environmental disaster are as pressing today as ever.

Chitra Ganesh was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and she graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a BA in Comparative Literature and Art Semiotics in 1996. In 2001 she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received her MFA from Columbia University in 2002. Her work has been widely exhibited at such venues as, The Andy Warhol Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum of Art, The Asia Society, Bronx Museum of Art, White Columns, Momenta Art, and Apex Art, PS1/MOMA (NY), and internationally at the ZKM (Germany), MOCA Shanghai, Saatchi Museum (London), Kunsthalle Exnergrasse (Vienna), Fondazione Sandretto re Rebaudengo (Turin), Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (Spain), Spazio Oberdan (Milan), Gwangju Contemporary Arts Centre, Gothenburg Kunsthalle Museum (Sweden), and in 2011 at the Prince of Wales Museum (Mumbai). Ganesh is the recipient of numerous grants and residencies, including the 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, Headlands Residency, and awards in 2009 from New York Foundation for the Arts and Printed Matter, and in 2010 from the Art Matters Foundation, Lower East Side Printshop Special Editions Residency, and the Joan Mitchell Award for Painters & Sculptors. Her work is represented in collections of Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, Devi Art Foundation, Deutsche Bank, Saatchi Collection, and Burger Collections.