Wednesday, September 29, 2010
New Painting. As yet untitled. 18" x 24" Mixed media on paper. 2010
This is an aching, acrid representation of the imagined return as an im/migrant. It is the recognition that the journey is the only place of wholeness. It is a vision of a longing, like the ache of a lost traveller. It pays homage to the kingfisher who migrates back and forth, alone, year... after year and yet, as Dogen says, "leaves no trace behind and does not need a guide." If we long to live in two places at once and cannot, survival insists that we abandon the earth and claim the sky.
This new painting is both a departure from my previous work and a piece created on the theme of Departure". Enjoy!
If you are interested in anti-racism and education, check out this great one-day conference happening in Toronto on Monday, Oct. 4 from 3-9pm at UofT Scarborough Campus, 1265 Military Trail, Rm AA-160 (Council Chambers).
p.s. I designed the book cover.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
If you happen to be in Toronto this Saturday, come by for the opening of a group show I am in called "Velocity: The Rate of Change of Position".
Exhibition Dates: Friday, 17- 26 September 2010
Opening reception and artist talks: Saturday, 18 September 2010, 3-6pm.
Venue: Function 13 Gallery, 156 August Avenue, Toronto
South Asian Visual Arts Centre) is pleased to present Velocity: the rate of change of position, an annual juried members’ exhibition that features innovative and contemporary artworks by emerging and mid-career artists from SAVAC’s membership. Every year, SAVAC invites proposals for new or recently completed artworks through an open call. A jury comprising of artists, curators and SAVAC members select works based on artistic merit and new approaches and ideas on themes surrounding contemporary South Asian identities and experiences.
Velocity: the rate of change of position brings together artworks by Arwa Abouon (Montreal), Sharlene Bamboat (London, UK/Toronto), Pritika Chowdhry (Madison, USA), Shireen Kamran (Montreal), Meera Sethi (Toronto) and Meera Margaret Singh (Toronto) that explore the parallels and divergences between our daily routines and the rapidly changing urban environment. The artists engage with fragmented and interconnected narratives from multiple histories to develop works that resonate with the current times.
SAVAC will host an opening reception and artist talks for Velocity: the rate of change of position on 18 September 2010, 3pm to 6pm at the Function 13 Gallery (156 Augusta Avenue). Entrance to the opening and artist talks is free.
Featuring works by: Arwa Abouon (Montreal), Sharlene Bamboat (London/Toronto), Pritika Chowdhry (Madison, WI), Shireen Kamran (Montreal), Meera Sethi (Toronto), Meera Margaret Singh (Toronto).