Tuesday, March 19, 2013

‘Organic dreams of electric sheep’ at The Guild

Exhibiting the works of Baiju Parthan, Pooja Iranna, Mithu Sen and Gigi Scaria, ‘Organic dreams of electric sheep: Image, Empathy and Pulse: After Philip K Dick’, at The Guild in Mumbai seeks to weave together an accumulation of questions indicated by the transference of images specifically across the forms of video and photography; as an accompanying note by Renuka Sawhney elaborates: 

“The implications of such transference on the image or images that make this journey, the subtle and perhaps meta changes this journey results in for the language of images, as well as the role of the image in language formation (by positing the logic of philosophy as indicated by Wittgenstein against the form of the logic used) and the ethical impulses of images so traveled that distance and reiteration begets the question of our relation to images as ‘electric sheep’, i.e. as fabrications with specific intent.”

For Baiju Parthan, reality is what you tend to make of it, and it’s up to you to extract the kind of meaning from it, based on your perceptual framework’s peculiarities. He looks to generate fresh metaphors and symbols that have the potential to expand the range of meanings that we can wrestle out of life and reality.

He has an eclectic and interesting academic background. Along with degrees in Painting, Botany, Philosophy, and a Post-grad diploma in Comparative mythology, he has done studies in computer game level design at the Pratt Institute Manhattan, USA. Some of his recent selected group shows include ‘India’, curated by Pieter Tjabbes and Tereza de Arruda, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro and , Brazil and SESC Belenzinho Sao Paulo, Brazil; 'and Constructed Realities', curated by Gayatri Sinha at The Guild,

Gigi Scaria often poses pointed questions about the issues related to displacement and class prejudice. Born in 1973 in Kothanalloor, Kerala, he completed his Bachelor's degree in painting from the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, in 1995, and M.F.A. (painting) from Jamia Millia University, New Delhi in 1998.

Pooja Iranna and Mithu Sen are the other two artists featured in this must-watch group show. 

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