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Jyothi Basu: Landscapes Towards a Supreme Fiction

Thomas Erben Gallery
526 West 26th Street, 4th Floor, 212-645-8701
Chelsea
April 19 - May 20, 2006
Reception: Tuesday, April 18, 6 - 8 PM
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The four large oil paintings exhibited present us with a birds eye view of flat expanses studded with luscious greenery, mysterious structures, abstracted cultural and religious references, words in Malayalam, luminous orbs and intensely colored spheres. Bands of water reflect the blue gradations of the sky and the seemingly abandoned environs, creating an effect of otherworldly suspense. The paint is applied in small yet varied strokes and carefully builds the imagery. His color palette is heightened and articulate in its skillful use of shades and hues.

Basu’s landscapes are often organized using a rectilinear geometry not unlike the mappings of electronic circuitry. Everything pulsates in great stillness. In this light the works become a metaphor for our current cultural, and technological climate. They respond to how our advancement often forgets our history and comment at the same time on how the contemporary can only exist and is made possible by the seemingly neglected historical buttress.

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