30 Jul

Sailor Of No Country

“You can take a sailor out of the country not the country out of the sailor” –  the adage has undergone major overhaul in recent years.  Bringing Sistine Chapel to the newly constructed World trade center whoever’s bright idea it was is a standing example. If freshly baked baguettes could be flown in from Paris then why not Art being the
underlying idea?

When I heard one young individual greeting another, addressing as “Dude” in the streets of Seoul, during my recent visit, I realize that a jargon did not belong to any one location any longer, that I did not need to be in Southern California to hear that mode of address.  Back to my recent boundary unbinding sculpture pieces that are meant to incorporates its surroundings as visual elements turned out to be more of a pain to photograph than I had imagined.  Here are some of my attempts to photograph them in Time Square.

 

28 Jul

The Evolving Gardener

Since the making of art has always been about removing all obstacles between myself and the conceived notion I have never really addressed the process before this.  It could be that most of my art making skills were picked up outside a conventional art program. That is not to say that I have not had the good fortune of learning craft making from some of the most dedicated artists employed by top notch institutions.  My degree has been in TV/ print production and Business, perhaps that’s the reason that I have not broached the topic of art making in the past.

 

The Evolving Gardener, sculpture, etching

Elements – I

Converting a 2-D sketch to a sculpture  is about envisioning a visual element across two separate planes. These works – etched, inked and colorized on a flat surface, occupy a 3-D space easily because of their transparency. Unwilling to be bound in a square or rectangular surface, I moved to circular canvases when it came to painting. Eventually, that too started to feel confining so I moved to construction cones as they occupy a 3-D space yet do not conform to either a square or a circle or any other single specific shape…which makes it fun to play with! The transparency of my material allows for these sculptural pieces to occupy a 3-D space very easily, without occupying a large footprint.  These works easily embrace the environs it occupies, which is perfect since art is after all, supposed to imitate  life and vice versa! These works pick up bits and pieces of information while they go from venue to venue.

Meat eating plants are strange in a way. Delicate and colorful, these plants are unassuming and yet deadly for the prey that inadvertently steps into their territory. Inspired by Siddhartha Mukherjee’s “The Gene” these works are a tribute to the process of evolution. The graphic lines of tattoo art are incorporated into “Elements” such as water and fire to celebrate the imprint of life on this planet much like scraping off the outer layer of skin on one’s body to mark it with a statement about the self!

24 Jul

The Bliss of Anonymity

Review Death of an Icon

Review, Death of an Icon

Interpretation of content has always been the job of the consumer while it has been the job of the media to deliver. Getting some media coverage has, up until now been known to further your work. Demographics is a prized possession for advertisers on the web as we all know and content offers a place for the business shout outs to reside alongside.  A recent review of my works houses an ad for dog grooming and diamonds among others. Now what’s the common criterion between the two one might ask? My guess –  it could be homes with pets and women inclined towards conspicuous consumption. That brings up a second question – are those with the dispensable income more prone towards buying dog food, diamonds or art?

 

18 Jul

Coney Island Revisited

Coney Island in Brooklyn is an institution of its own.  Home of many traditions, starting with the Coney Island dog, the Mermaid parade, to the Polar Bear Club.  Hundreds of people crowd in to the Luna Park and NY Aquarium every day.  My Coney Island themed mural was first hashed for the brand new facility pool of Morris Union Jointure Commission with the proposal of painting tiles.  However, their immediate need was for four large canvases for their foyer.  The Coney Island drawings sat in my garage for a few months before the new facility of the Somerset Hills YMCA needed it for their nursery facing one of their large pools, and there it has been for the last 10 years!  When I stumbled upon the Coney Island Nathan’s image on the Met twitter page:

Coney Island Nathans, at the Mets

I took a second look at my own Coney Mural once again.

 

The MERMAID PARADE specifically was founded in 1983 with 3 goals: it brings mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune; it creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment”; and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public – with ethnic, religious, or commercial aims.  The Coney Island Polar Bear Club swims every Sunday from November to April, but their first swim of the New Year, on New Year’s Day, is a special one!

 

18 Jul

Portrait of a Politician

Is it bad writing or simply the tone, does anyone else find it vulgar?  A leader, who was also a woman and a mother had to exist in the flesh as well.  Here’s an account of the lover:

“Physically and mentally she is more of a male than a female.  I would call her a manly woman….in the sex act she had all the artfulness of French women and Kerala Nair women combined.”

neon installation, Indira Gandhi

Portrait of a Politician
Medium: acrylic on chalk board with neon installation
Size: 48 x 30″

 

 

The widening class difference has become all too apparent in the West now.  Coming from a mostly taxonomical society strife with communalism, the free living in the US with an innate pride in labor was like a breath of fresh air!  However divisions in our societies, have once again been put to work: progressive v reactionary, open v closed, liberalism v fascism, rational v irrational. But as a polarized intellectual industry plays catch-up with fast-moving events that it completely failed to anticipate, it is hard to avoid the suspicion that our search for rational political explanations for the current disorder is doomed.

Nominated the “rape nation”, polarization has peaked in India with a total disregard for all that was held sacrosanct for all these years.  Subhash Bose is now declared a fascist, Mother Teresa, simply a “troubled individual in a museum of poverty” and Indira Gandhi, a hirsute woman with an ample appetite for sex.  The problem for these critics of Enlightened rationalism, as Robert Musil defined it, was not that we “have too much intellect and too little soul”, but that we have “too little intellect in matters of the soul”