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MUHANNED CADER

Jungle Tide

October 24, 2014 – February 21, 2015

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Self, 2014  Gouache on paper  20″ x 20″ (each of 3)  

Jungle Tide features Muhanned Cader’s latest series of paintings, drawings, and collages – each a vivid reflection of one of the artist’s favorite subjects and inspirations: the natural world. Framed within organically sinuous forms, Cader’s landscapes draw viewers into a familiar, yet unrecognizable realm. Concealing as much as they reveal, these pockets of iridescent landscape hint at the invisible, the hidden – within and beyond their boundaries. Cader’s work suggests the influence of John Still’s Jungle Tide, a British eccentric’s description of what was then Ceylon – a book the artist read while in school in Sri Lanka, finding it not unfaithful to the mystery and vigor of the country’s natural terrain. Drawing on a close observation of nature, Cader’s works nevertheless disorient and de-familiarize, exploring the atypical shapes and juxtapositions residing within even the well-known and familiar environment.

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Landscape Unfolded (detail)

Reclaiming the practice of landscape painting as a site for identity, Cader imparts a unique personal perspective on what has been largely a rigid artistic tradition. Pushing past the tyranny of a single viewpoint, he moves toward a constellation of perspectives – a kaleidoscopic view that leaves room for interpretation, uncertainty, and a shifting, but ever-present, relationship with the land. Muhanned Cader was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1966, and he earned his Bachelors in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. Since then, he has participated in a number of international projects and artist residencies. His work has been featured at the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; 1st Singapore Biennale, Singapore; Burger Collection, Hong Kong; Devi Art Foundation, Delhi; Herbert Johnson Museum at Cornell University, New York; Nasher Museum at Duke University, North Carolina and will appear in the upcoming 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India.

Exhibition Views

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Kumana V, 2014

Oil on canvas

39" x 37"

Self, 2014

Gouache on paper

20" x 20" (each of 3)  

Self (detail)

Self (detail)

Kumana IV, 2014

Oil on canvas

48" x 42"  

Kumana III, 2014

Oil on canvas

40" x 33"

Kumana II, 2014

Oil on canvas

33 1/4" x 33 1/2"

Kumana I, 2014

Oil on canvas

33 1/2" x 33 1/2"

Kumana I (detail)

Land and Water, 2014

Collage book

5 1/2" x 81" x 4"

Land and Water (detail)

Land and Water (detail)

Land and Water (detail)

Landscape Unfolded, 2014

Collage

70" x 112"

13 3/4" x 13 3/4" (each of 20)

Landscape Unfolded (detail)

Leopard, 2013

Graphite on paper

10" x 11" (each of 10)

Leopard (detail)

Leopard (detail)

Jungle Tide, 2013

Gouache on paper

12" x 9" (each of 11)

Jungle Tide (detail)

Jungle Tide (detail)

Jungle Tide (detail)

Jungle Tide (detail)

Kumana V, 2014

Oil on canvas

39" x 37"

Self, 2014

Gouache on paper

20" x 20" (each of 3)  

Self (detail)

Self (detail)

Kumana IV, 2014

Oil on canvas

48" x 42"  

Kumana III, 2014

Oil on canvas

40" x 33"

Kumana II, 2014

Oil on canvas

33 1/4" x 33 1/2"

Kumana I, 2014

Oil on canvas

33 1/2" x 33 1/2"

Kumana I (detail)

Land and Water, 2014

Collage book

5 1/2" x 81" x 4"

Land and Water (detail)

Land and Water (detail)

Land and Water (detail)

Landscape Unfolded, 2014

Collage

70" x 112"

13 3/4" x 13 3/4" (each of 20)

Landscape Unfolded (detail)

Leopard, 2013

Graphite on paper

10" x 11" (each of 10)

Leopard (detail)

Leopard (detail)

Jungle Tide, 2013

Gouache on paper

12" x 9" (each of 11)

Jungle Tide (detail)

Jungle Tide (detail)

Jungle Tide (detail)

Jungle Tide (detail)

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