THE FLOOD - Limited Edition 1/5
Location of signature - Back Right Bottom
Series - Old City Cave
About the Series -
The way we view anything, is less spontaneous than we tend to believe. A large part of how we see, depends on habit and convention. We view the past with a sense of romance, and mystery that we deprive our own times. In Old City Cave, I view our world both real & imagined, through this lens of magical realism and the surreal.
One of the main influences for Old City Cave and where it gets its title from, are miniatures and frescoes from different times in and around India . Art on walls give the space a record of its interior life. Building a joint memory of a time. Frescos are different from other kinds of art , as in, their uniqueness is tied up with the uniqueness of the place where they are at. Since we are increasingly not bound by any specific space, neither is the series. In Old City Cave, I hope to do what the frescos did, but build an odd memory of things, regardless of the space that surrounds it. Creating images that are not bound to any specific space or time.
Many ancient art forms, use the flat aerial perspective. In which all things are even. Subjects are created in approximately the same size, regardless of their relative distance to each other and to the viewer. When I viewed art that used this flat aerial perspective, usually in the context of an ancient artistic style, it always reminded that art, somehow simultaneously, was free of and completely subjected to the time it came from. In this series - Old City Cave, the works are created using the flat aerial perspective. Only in this case, to view our mindscapes and our contemporary lives. I am not trying to depict the reality of our lives as much as I am trying to look at the way we understand it. I want us to consider the way we now see our time. Represented, through a visual style displaced in time. Some works are based on the world around me, and some, depict the mind space that interprets it.