Baiju Parthan: Mill Junction
|When||23 Mar 2010 - 24 Apr 2010|
35 Great Jones Street
NY, NY 10012
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Mill Junction 1 (Soft Graffiti) 2009, Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Aicon Gallery, New York
March 23 – April 24 2010
Baiju Parthan’s collected body of work stands as a multimedia bricolage of his diverse scholastic and professional background. Trained in botany, illustration, painting, computer science, engineering and comparative mythology, Parthan’s artistic scope inhabits multiple worlds. Revolving around the omnipresent theme of the intersection between collective imagination, the material world and the non-material digital sphere, his work seeks existential reconciliation with the intangibility of the information age. Citing Sartre’s book L’age de Raison, Jungian psychoanalysis, Joan Miró and the Surrealist Manifesto, and traditional Indian mysticism as sources of inspiration, Parthan creates his own rich, contemporary mythic language in a search for meaning.
From Parthan’s point of view: ”I certainly see virtualization and gradual relocation of our everyday activities from the realm of the real into virtual data space as the most important signifier or marker that identifies the present historic moment. The attempt in ASCII code paintings is to capture this particular marker and also re-assert the physicality of the photographic image … With the photograph gradually turning into a virtual entity, the physicality of painting has become more attractive to me as an artist. I feel the physicality of the painted image is becoming an important or the only counterpoint to the fact that the photograph of today is a virtual object captured on a digital camera and uploaded onto an online album or to a hard disc where it lives as bits and bytes, till invoked onto a computer screen.”
About the Artist:
Born in Kerala in 1956, Baiju Parthan studied Painting from 1978-83 at Goa College of Art and has a Master’s degree in Philosophy from The University of Mumbai. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions worldwide, including Galerie Christian Hosp, Austria 2008; Anant Gallery, New Delhi 2006 and 2007; Aicon Gallery, New York 2005 and 2008; and the Ninth Asian Bienniale, Dhaka 1999. The artist currently lives and works in Mumbai, India. This will be Baiju Parthan’s first solo exhibition in New York.
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