Jan 7, 2016: An Indo-Chinese wedding and new artwork
Our wedding is set for Jan 19 to 21 in Arupukottai, India. It will be a traditional Tamil wedding. Here is the wedding invitation card. Friends who are interested in attending, please contact me.
The card has an image of a celestial wedding – the wedding of God Shiva to Goddess Parvati in the Meenakshi avataar. Per Indian tradition, Gods and Godesses come to the world every once a while, in the form of human beings. These are avataars. One such avataar of Goddess Parvati was Meenakshi, who was the Queen of the Madurai kingdom (where we are located now). Per tradition, the brides uncle has to give the bride away at the wedding. God Vishnu performed this role. In the photo, Vishnu is on the left, as the uncle. Meenakshi is in the middle as the bride and Shiva is on the right.
Most invitations in Arupukottai are in Tamil. We modified one page to create an English version. After the weddings were printed, they were taken to our family temple. There it was blessed by the priest.
New artwork. I am in the mood for dumplings.
This artwork uses a traditional board used for making dumplings as the base. It is found in most Chinese kitchens. Dumplings have a long tradition in China and are used to welcome new guests.
This artwork is at the intersection of four roads.
One road runs from the past to the present. The dumpling board has a long history. However, the other materials used in this artwork are modern. It uses plastics, computers and CNC routers.
The second road runs from the left brain to the right brain. From the creative side to the logical, engineering side. It is artwork that has a lot of engineering influence.
Dec 19, 2015: Artwork using plastics and screws – yes metal screws.
Consciousness ebbs and flows. It meanders. It searches. It seeks out the unknown much like the small child. With faltering steps it steps out ...
First it was all engineering, for many years. Then it was all art, for many years. And now its blending. Synthesizing. Digesting and taking ownership.
The earlier paintings of about 10 years ago and the recent paintings are similar and different. The shapes and flowing lines are still there. The person is still a collection of simple circles, triangles and rectangles. But the materials have changed. The past two months have been bits of plastics assembled with screws – much like a bridge – one can see the bridge but also the bolts that hold it all together.
With newness comes uncertainty and the thrill. Two sides of the same coin. Adventure and danger versus safe and boring. Its very exciting. Awake early in the mornings and ready to try out a new idea. But.... Is it good? Is it beautiful? Is it too beautiful? Remember, the upper echelons of the artworld looks down upon anything beautiful. Is it complete? Looking at the artwork – add more color? Add more texture? Dont know. One will never know.
Here are three pieces using the new materials. They are all PVC screwed together over another plastic sheet. There is color using acrylic paints and spray paint. Spray paint gives a modern, bright, even finish. Acrylic gives it a human, uneven finish. There is also glitter paper.
The first piece is Froggie swimming towards the light. It is 50x40cm. The frog is a new design that has not appeared before. It was an inspiration on a trip to Mongolia. Somewhat autobiographical in that the artist is also searching for the light visually.
The second piece is Engineering Deer. Also 50x40cm. The deer is poised as it is doing something – what, one wonders. Popular on Saatchi online gallery.
The third piece is She was happy when here sister arrived. The design is borrowed heavily from a ten year old painting. But modified and rendered in plastics. Here are both the original and the newer version. Do you see the transition? The process? What do you think is occuring? Drop a note.
October 30, 2015: Old Jewish bastard shouting at yellow man:
Westerners have an automatic sense of superiority when dealing with others. This was evident in an online conversation recently. Which was an inspiration for this painting. Its poliyart.
This one is: She jumped into the rocket and escaped all her troubles. This one was inspired by a dear friend who recently died of a drug overdose.
Here is another one: Couple arguing over jackfruit slice. Really enjoyed making this one. Very playful and funky.
And here: Dreaming of Indian mangoes. I will be visiting India soon and miss Indian mangoes. I have not been to India during summer in over 27 years. Mangoes are a summer fruit, so will miss it this time too.
I have also been painting more traditional paintings.
First one: They play music at harvest time.
Second one: Dont eat too much, or you will become fat. I have been losing weight and excercising regularly for the past 6 months or so. Hence the inspiration. This one was extremely popular on Wechat.
Third one: Laozi should have said sometimes a sailor lives on coconuts. The recent art market is so weak that most artists are having to find other means of support. Hence the inspiration for this one.
Everything begins from the heart - a lecture by Sridhar Ramasami: Two weekends ago, the local bookstore FengMi organized a lecture by me with this title. I talked mostly about how my life changed after my ten month long hike in the USA. Here are some photos.
Exhibition: Two of my poliyart were exhibited in Songzhuang at Yexue culture center, along with work by 23 other artists. It was a lively affair and my first exhibition of my poliyart. Photos here.
Wechat friends: If you are on wechat, and want to add me, I am 18801052785. Please introduce yourself. Thanks.
Oct 9, 2016: Paintings in a forest?
Songzhuang, an artist village on the outskirts of Beijing is home to about 3000 artists. Its a special place. It has the vibrancy of creativity. It has a very social atmosphere. It has its eccentricities. It has its unique architecture in the form of houses, studios, galleries and museums. Every year we have an art fair, that is usually quite exciting and bustling.
There were several openings, notably ShangShang museum and Songzhuang Art museum. ShangShang museum is considered to be be the biggest and most prestigious in Songzhuang. This year they had paintings by local commercial artists. There were numerous landscapes. There was also an interesteing exhibtion by a group of 18 artists, most of whom painted in an impressionistic style. They were quite good. Here are some photos.
Songzhuang Art museum had artwork by 7 artists. The theme is mostly copied from the west, where modern art museums are mostly showing sensationalistic installation art devoid of any meaning. There was one large piece of cloth that hung on the wall and overflowed on to the floor. So, if its raining and you need a large piece of cloth to make a quick roof, head on to the Songzhuang art museum :-)
One of the most interesting exhibitions was an open air exhibition in a little forest. Two of my paintings were also exhibited. Its just a small park with a forest like atmosphere with paintings hung from trees. It lasted for four days and was very lively. The artists and friends hung out in the forest for all four days, painting, eating, drinking and playing music. I am sure they had more visitors and had a more lively atmosphere than the large museums in Songzhuang. I enjoyed it very much. Photos here.
Some other photos from this years art fair.
Sep 20, 2015: Engagement photos:
Many of my friends have asked to see my engagement photos. Here they are. Humorous photo shoot :-)
CAUTION: HUMOR AHEAD
The moral of this story: If at first you dont succeed, get hold of her turtle and a big pair of scissors.
New artwork: I am continuing to experiment with poliyart. The titles are
Fish glimmers at sunrise
Flaunt it if you got it
Princess of Kawahi island
Each of them measures 50x40cm and the media is plastics. Here they are:
Hope you are having fun.