Sunday, January 28, 2007

Can there be multiple meanings to art?

"But, more fundamentally, can an articulate artist simply be wrong or even clueless about what his or her work conveys? And if so, does the artist's expressed intention trump the viewer's interpretation of the work?" "Recently I interviewed an emerging Middle Eastern, New York-based artist about some really exciting conceptual photography that she will be exhibiting in the Middle East this spring. I had been an admirer and supporter of her art for years and was particularly drawn to her current series, which, I argued in a few reviews, beautifully and insightfully illuminated important issues pertaining to older women's overlooked and undervalued status in western society. After thinking, writing and talking about her work so often, I finally had the opportunity to discuss it with her and discovered that we not only had completely different interpretations of her art and its message, but we have opposing ideas about what makes her work both beautiful and interesting." Simply put, her meaning was lost in translation for me. She was passionately trying to make what I considered to be a relatively outdated and unimaginative statement, and I mistakenly heard refreshing and enlightening poetry. That was Ana Finel Honigman in 'Gaurdian Blog on art'

Friday, January 26, 2007

On Malayinkeezhu.

one side of the hill on which we were standing another ugly view(rock quarried by blasting) Malayinkeezhu is a suburb of Trivandrum.Some 10km away from the city.'Malayinkeezhu'means 'at the base of the mountain in malayalam.It is a beautiful place-all hills and large rocks.Green ,with pretty trees. Hardly any coconut trees where we went :-).

At the painting workshop at Malayinkeezhu.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Friday, January 19, 2007

Daljit Nagra sounds like 'an interesting read' :-)

"His subject matter is very English but the humour, Nagra thinks, is probably Punjabi. He found his family's community "vibrantly comical". "They expressed themselves through comedy rather than seriousness. There isn't an attempt to be overly formal. You go to a party and everyone is trying to tell funny jokes or relate silly stories." "avoided the open fist of racism when he was growing up by acting as white as he could. Most of his best friends now are white British, who tend to bring out that side in him. So he has found it liberating to explore his "Indianness" through his poetry",,1993158,00.html

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Sundari and Kannan

A photo from the many taken by Rajani at Kumily. A new baby elephant, just a a couple of days old named Kannan 'trying to lengthen his little thumbi kai (trunk)' according to Rajani ,:-), disregarding the wise advice from his anxious mom. By the way the gestation period of elephants is 22 months in case of male baby calf,and 21 months if the calf is female.A long period indeed. The elephants are the only animals to take care of their kids till they are more than 15-20 years.:-).
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Here is a painting in oil on canvas .A couple caught unawares by showers when out enjoying a bright view of the rolling hills around a place near Kozhikode. :-).

A post (Write up ) that appeared in relation to my show 'Where the green grass grows'. I had forgotten to save in the blog.

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