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(desi)re

February 19 - April 30, 2005

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Anjum Singh  PURE WATER - EIGHT GLASSES & A QUARTER, 2002

Talwar Gallery is pleased to announce (desi)re, an exhibition expressing the raison d’être of our gallery by bringing together a group of artists that have been introduced by us over the past few years.  Desire simmers with passion, is ruled by obsession, and driven by purpose. As George Bernard Shaw once remarked, “You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”

Desi, a Hindu work implying “of one’s own country” and used frequently for “of Indian origin” employed here not just as a subset of desire but also as a curatorial component. The artists’ shared origin or “roots” are reflected merely as a single strand in a complex woven fabric that is each artist, each individually without any overt superficial cultural identification.

The artists featured in this exhibition are A.Balasubramaniam, Zarina Bhimji, Allan deSouza, Subba Ghosh, Sheila Makhijani, Ranjani Shettar, Anjum Singh and Alia Syed. 

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Allan deSouza  Terrains, 1999-2000

The group of artists employs a variety of media to translate their unique individual vision with regards to purpose, identity, history, and place. Their desires to exceed expectations of locality, of self; to extract purpose and significance from their familiar environs. To create, these artists have renegotiated the borders and refuse to singularly site themselves or their work; traversing beyond any simplified categorization based on geography, religion, culture, and race. Considered just “desi” in the minds of the uninitiated, these artists collectively represent more than just the country of their ethnic origin. They invoke an awareness of self and the world. They have renegotiated borders to include what lies beyond their inherited “origin.” The boundaries of their cultural landscape have no distinct edge and their identity is not captive of their passports. The moniker “desi” used for them, or any other group of “ethnically” aligned artists is not just simplistic and naïve, but restrictive and exclusionary designation that imparts a linear view of the complex, multidimensional nature of their work and our world.  

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Allan deSouza

The Little Deaths, 2004

Tissue paper, artist's sperm

26" x 16"

Allan DeSouza

he had a vague sense of an elusive meaning, a light in the distance, a glimmer on the horizon, something he wanted to say if only he had the language for it, 2001

C Print on Aluminum

23 1/2" x 46 1/2"

 

Allan deSouza

it didn't hurt, nothing hurt, and he let himself float into the strangeness of the sensation, 2001

C Print on Aluminum

24" x 39"

Allan deSouza

Terrains, 1999-2000

C Print on Aluminum

18 1/2" x 24" (Each of 4)

Subba Ghosh

HELLO, 2002

Mixed media

72" x 26"

Sheila Makhijani
BUTPUTS, 2003
Acrylic on solid acrylic cubes
1.5" x 1.5" x 1.5" (Each of 100)

 

Anjum Singh

PURE WATER - EIGHT GLASSES & A QUARTER, 2002

Oil on canvas

72" x 90"

Subba Ghosh

MAN IN THE CORNER, 2002

Mixed media

72" x 26"

Ranjani Shettar

MAYA, 2005

Pigment Lacquered Wooden Beads, Silicone Rubber, Stainless Steel 

102" x 247" 7"

Zarina Bhimji

HARSH PUBIC HAIR, 1998

Lightbox

33" x 40"

Alia Syed

1001 - Excavation Number 1, 2005

Lightbox

26 1/2" x 82 1/2"

Zarina Bhimji

ARMOUR, 1995

Lightbox

33" x 42 1/2"

Allan deSouza

The Little Deaths, 2004

Tissue paper, artist's sperm

26" x 16"

Allan DeSouza

he had a vague sense of an elusive meaning, a light in the distance, a glimmer on the horizon, something he wanted to say if only he had the language for it, 2001

C Print on Aluminum

23 1/2" x 46 1/2"

 

Allan deSouza

it didn't hurt, nothing hurt, and he let himself float into the strangeness of the sensation, 2001

C Print on Aluminum

24" x 39"

Allan deSouza

Terrains, 1999-2000

C Print on Aluminum

18 1/2" x 24" (Each of 4)

Subba Ghosh

HELLO, 2002

Mixed media

72" x 26"

Sheila Makhijani
BUTPUTS, 2003
Acrylic on solid acrylic cubes
1.5" x 1.5" x 1.5" (Each of 100)

 

Anjum Singh

PURE WATER - EIGHT GLASSES & A QUARTER, 2002

Oil on canvas

72" x 90"

Subba Ghosh

MAN IN THE CORNER, 2002

Mixed media

72" x 26"

Ranjani Shettar

MAYA, 2005

Pigment Lacquered Wooden Beads, Silicone Rubber, Stainless Steel 

102" x 247" 7"

Zarina Bhimji

HARSH PUBIC HAIR, 1998

Lightbox

33" x 40"

Alia Syed

1001 - Excavation Number 1, 2005

Lightbox

26 1/2" x 82 1/2"

Zarina Bhimji

ARMOUR, 1995

Lightbox

33" x 42 1/2"