Erasing Borders 2014: Modern Art through the Eyes of Indian Culture

 

By ELIZABETH MORALES

Alka Mukurji, Hair Acrylic 22x40 inches

Alka Mukurji, Hair
Acrylic 22×40 inches

The Indo-American Arts Council, presented the art exhibition called Erasing Borders at the Queens Museum, where Manhattanville’s Professor Alka Mukerji was one of the artists featured, on March 16th.

The art exhibition consisted of diaspora artists from the Indian subcontinent that live in the United States in this exhibition. The purpose of this event was to build awareness of the Indian subcontinent artists to integrate them into American culture fabric.

Bivas Choudhori, a featured artist, described the exhibition and its artists as “the product of two countries and two cultures and try to make the best out of both.” 

Tarik Currimbhoy, White-Black

Tarik Currimbhoy, White-Black

 

The art pieces showed a reinterpretation of modern art languages such as abstract art; expressionism and  surrealism so that what emerged in the artists’s works is a new form of art that blends Indian art with modern art.

Professor Mukerji’s artwork boasts a bold expressionist brush stroke that delineates the buildings of New York City in which a sign that reads “Hair” has been painted.

Sunil Garg,  Creation Myth TIME Expandable fold castings, foam sheet, thermoplastic glue, nylon string 24 x 12 x 9 inches

Sunil Garg, Creation Myth TIME
Expandable fold castings, foam sheet, thermoplastic glue, nylon string 24 x 12 x 9 inches

The use of strong colors suggest creativity emerging from the landscape and the figure in the front that is identified as NYC police has no color and works as an opposing force to the powerful architectural building from where color emerges in the painting.

“New York is a place where different cultures meet and coexist,” explained Professor Mukerji.

The influence of Indian art in the pieces could be as subtle as the equilibrium evoking eastern philosophy in the circular shapes of Tarik Currimbhoy stone sculptures, a featured artist, or the hands that represent Shiva’s power to re-create the world in Sunil Garg’s piece, Creation Myth: time.

Art with a social conscience was also present at the exhibition, with works that reflected on the current conflict in the Middle East or woman’s role in society.

The art exhibition was a representation of universal art through the eyes of indian culture, easily comprehended because of its dealing with the human experience.

The exhibition will be in the Queens Museum until April 13, 2014. Other events that the Indo-American Arts Council holds are an Indian independent film festival and a festival of Indian dance. Previously this exhibition was held in the Arthur M. Berger Art Gallery here at Manhattanville College.

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