Presented by Bodhi Art
January 25, 2007- February 17, 2007
Reception: January 24, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bodhi Art, New York is proud to present artist Rajan Krishnan’s recent works. In this unprecedented exhibition, Krishnan’s desolated imagery of barren landscapes conjures up images of the cyclical forces of destruction and creation. The gallery is located at 535 West 24th Street on the 4th Floor, in the heart of Chelsea, New York City. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and by appointment. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Wednesday, January 24th 2007.
An artist from Kerala, a southern state in India, Krishnan’s art is very sensitive to his environment, reflecting the socio-cultural ethos he inhabits and works from. Krishnan uses landscapes or elements from his immediate natural environment as his “principle protagonist” to express his innermost, aesthetic proclivities whether in celebration, homage or protest. Representing a post agricultural landscape, his works are often, bleak, fragmentary visions of a dry, sterile landscape that seems to be an echo of a time which once buzzed with activity. While his early experiences and memories of growing up in a remote village in Kerala have had a strong presence in his early works, this slightly sentimental nostalgia now seems to be giving way for a more hard hitting, cynicism that strives to document the sudden and overwhelming transitions occurring in his environment. These works make a clinical examination, up close and unforgiving, at those “un-done landscapes” that he once held so dear.
“In alluding to the crisscrossing vectors of time and space, the landscape functions as a memorial passage: a recollection of things both witnessed and imagined. As an artist who lives and works in Kerala, Krishnan underscores the cyclical forces of destruction and creation: his images oscillate between visions of the past, present and future,” says Kathleen Wyma, who is pursuing her Ph. D at the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Wyma has been tracing Krishnan’s works for her dissertation and best describes the current works saying, “There is a dark side to every landscape. When idyllic representations are subverted by the artist’s perception, the landscape becomes a site of haunted desolation. Eliciting a sense of disturbance rather than evoking pictorial escapism, Rajan Krishnan’s Embryo creates a space of silent and unknowable devastation. The embryo – the genesis of life – lies inert and void. Pierced by an unknown force, the perfect organic spheres are strewn in a land riddled by diseased plants. The fetid water of the foreground is juxtaposed with the pristine rigid form inching into the upper regions of the canvas, forcing one to consider the space in between.” She has also published a piece in November 2004 titled, “The Task of Translating in the Work of Rajan M. Krishnan,” Little Black Drawings.
Krishnan paintings are not only huge - 72” x 60”, acrylic on canvas - but the shapes he uses also stand out. They are not ordinary shapes like squares or rectangles - they are very long, whether horizontally or vertically. He uses dull colors but his combination has a novelty, along with the light and shade effect. “Our collection comprises a balance of works by senior and established artists, as well works by some avant garde, promising young talent, all of which reflects some of the more important trends in contemporary Indian art. We are excited to showcase Krishnan’s work which will powerfully transform the gallery space,” says Karen Talwar, Gallery Director, Bodhi Art, New York.
Located on the power block of Chelsea, 24th street – this 6000 sq feet gallery made its debut last September with Atul Dodiya’s successful traveling show titled ‘Atul Dodiya –The Wet Sleeves of My Paper Robe (Sabari in Her Youth: After Nandalal Bose)’. Besides New York, Bodhi Art also has galleries in Singapore, New Delhi and Mumbai. Since its establishment in 2004, Bodhi Art has come to be spoken of as one of the most progressive galleries representing contemporary Indian art to the global market; be it private collectors or public institutions. With an unparalleled range of contemporary Indian artists, Bodhi Art represents over thirty artists, like Akbar Padamsee, F.N. Souza, Jogen Chodhury, Ram Kumar among others. “It has been one of our foremost endeavors to provide infrastructural support for upcoming Indian artists. It is with this in mind that we fund and support traveling exhibitions and residencies in India and abroad for upcoming talent,” says Mr. Amit Judge, Founder of Bodhi Art.
Krishnan is an artist on the rise both at home and internationally. Krishnan was born 1967, in Thrissur district, Kerala and received his B.F.A. (Painting) at the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram and his Master’s degree at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda. He has participated in numerous group shows in India where he proudly represents the group of artists from the South. He has also had two solo exhibitions – Little Black Drawings in 2004 at Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi and Enroute, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2006. Bodhi Art recently exhibited his works at Art Singapore 2006, which was very well received. This is his first international solo show. Krishan currently lives and works in Kochi, India.
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