Puzzles within Canvases
This on-going show brings together artists from India and New Zealand, on the grounds of sharing a British colonial history. Of course, with a shrinking world, there seems to be some a commonality in the subtext of understanding situations. While some artists may suggest humour, others draw differences between past and present, highlight social differences, see the innocence in myths and smugly draw out perceptions of the mind. Some canvases are engaging enough to immediately identify with them; others may be as bewildering as Rob Hood’s souvenir postcards. One of the latter shows a random peanut placed against a scenic backdrop. Another artist, Fiona Pardington, goes back to her roots, as if describing how alive they are in their tribal existence, a paradoxical juxtaposition of how contrasting their worlds are. The images offer the chance of a wide range of deductions based on the viewer’s perception.
‘The Network: Contemporary Art From New Zealand’ is on at Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai from April 11 to May 10, 2014.
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