Saturday, December 31, 2016

to tucson and back: highlights and thoughts



It's been almost a month since I got back from Tucson. After the feverish pace of the past few months, I took it easy these last few weeks; to collect my thoughts and renew myself for new work.

I began the year asking myself an important question. What was the exhibition at The Drawing Studio going to be about? The answer came slowly. The more I thought about it as time went by, the more I was convinced about the idea. ((Mountain x Crow x Echo)) captured what I had in mind. The title itself comes from a painting from late 2013, but its essence is something that I often see in my work. Working towards ((Mountain x Crow x Echo)) was a lesson in focus. To see it come together into a coherent form was equal parts satisfying and daunting.

I found myself focusing on the idea in other ways. While I worked in the studio, with the music of Max Richter (The Blue Notebooks and Memory House), Dustin O'Halloran (Lumiere and Vorleben) and Radiohead (A Moon Shaped Pool) playing, I realised that many of my favourite tracks in these albums were minimalist and quiet, strong and aglitter. Something about their starkness and simplicity helped me articulate my thoughts about looking, about distances, about opposites, about contradiction and unity. There were books that I read or reread this year that strengthened my ideas about what I wanted to communicate - The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley, The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav, The Invention of Solitude by Paul Auster and For the Time Being by Annie Dillard. I wrote posts like Silent, Empty and WildWhen you Paint and The Endless Ocean that were explorations of those ideas. It felt like I was taking something and turning it around in different ways to understand and process it. 

The opening reception for ((Mountain x Crow x Echo)) was well attended. The feedback I got about my work was generous and enthusiastic. What words can describe the feeling? To see that the work done in the solitude of the studio can touch another person. 

I also gave a talk at the opening, which went over my beginnings as an artist and the work I did then. I talked about my time in Tucson and at The Drawing Studio, the lessons I learned in Josh Goldberg's class, the work I've been doing for the past few years and the work in the exhibition. 

The Drawing Studio did everything to make the exhibition and the opening perfect. They also did a Q&A with me in preparation for the exhibition and published it on their blog. You can read the interview here.

((Mountain x Crow x Echo)) was the highlight of 2016. But another major part of my life this year has been Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. Last year I was selected for the Studio Internship at Pyramid Atlantic. That internship was the beginning of a friendship with some of the most creative, funny and supportive people I know. Once my internship came to an end, I began volunteering, and eventually became a staff member early this year. After spending most of my time in the studio, I look forward to my time at Pyramid. For inspiration, fun and lots of work. It has been so wonderful to work for a cause that is close to my heart.

On that happy note I will take your leave. Happy New Year dear reader. I hope that 2017 is a year of simple joys, good work and focus. May our personal quests be our true north. May barriers fall, and love shine. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

((mountain x crow x echo)) exhibition postcard

The date for my exhibition at The Drawing Studio is getting closer. I am busy with last minute preparations, and I leave for Tucson in a few days. Also, the postcard for ((Mountain x Crow x Echo)) is here! Do come for the opening on December 3rd if you are in Tucson.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

exhibition: ((mountain x crow x echo))


I have been waiting to share some wonderful news. I am going to have my first solo exhibition this December! ((Mountain x Crow x Echo)), as the exhibition is called, will be held at The Drawing Studio (TDS) in Tucson (Arizona). As some of you may know, I was a volunteer and student at TDS while I lived in Tucson. It is where I studied abstract painting with Josh Goldberg.

((Mountain x Crow x Echo)) opens on December 3rd and will continue till January 16th 2017, and will include paintings, drawings and prints. I don't have the exhibition postcard yet. But here are the details of the show on The Drawing Studio website:



((Mountain x Crow x Echo))
Paintings, Drawings and Prints by Priya Vadhyar
Dec. 3 – Jan. 16, 2017 
Opening Reception: Dec. 3, 2016, 6-8 PM

Abstract artist Priya Vadhyar will exhibit her paintings and prints that evoke dream life, landscape and mystery. A graduate of the University of Mumbai, and a former student of TDS faculty member 
Josh Goldberg, Priya now resides in Columbia, MD, so it is a treat to have her back in Tucson for this exclusive show. 

About ((Mountain . Crow . Echo)) 
((Mountain x Crow x Echo)) is the meeting place of the minuscule and the towering, edge and void, known and unknown. It is both stillness and chaos, presence and eternity. The intersection of restraint and spontaneity, foresight and hindsight, inside and outside. Emerging from contradiction is a meaning elusive yet tangible - a becoming of something that already is. 

I'll be off to Tucson in a few weeks - to put up the show and attend the opening. I will also be giving a brief talk on opening night. If you're in Tucson or thereabouts, please come to the opening! 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

the universe in a room

"S. lived in a space so small that at first it seemed to defy you, to resist being entered. The presence of one person crowded the room, two people choked it. It was impossible to move inside it without contracting your body to its smallest dimensions, without contracting your mind to some infinitely small point within itself. Only then could you begin to breathe, to feel the room expand, and to watch your mind explore the excessive, unfathomable reaches of that space. For there was an entire universe in that room, a miniature cosmology that contained all that is most vast, most distant, most unknowable. It was a shrine, hardly bigger than a body, in praise of all that exists beyond the body: the representation of one man's inner world, even to the slightest detail. S. had literally managed to surround himself with the things that were inside him. The room he lived in was a dream space, and its walls were like the skin of some second body around him, as if his own body had been transformed into a mind, a breathing instrument of pure thought. This was the womb, the belly of the whale, the original sire of the imagination. By placing himself in that darkness, S. had invented a way to dreaming with open eyes."

- Paul Auster, The Invention of Solitude

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

tomorrow


As I wait
for tomorrow's sorrow
on the windowsill alights
a sparrow
straw in beak.