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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

a new beginning seven years later


According to the archives a work in progress turned seven this month. I started this blog "with much reluctance", as my first post succinctly says. Seven years later I am glad I started blogging despite the reluctance born out of fear.

My work has changed dramatically over these years. I can see myself looking for direction in the first couple of years on the blog, a continuation from the years before I started blogging. Slowly the direction came. I found a teacher and mentor in Josh Goldberg and my work took the path I have been on since. It's been an exciting time. I feel true to what I do and I look forward to delving deeper into my practice. Blogging has complemented my studio work and provided a wonderful platform for a number of reasons. It gave me a dedicated space to document my work over time, the space to use writing as a tool, and share all that I do with the world. And ironically, blogging helped me overcome my reluctance to blog - to be out there.

The seventh anniversary is a good time to make a change I've been meaning to make for some time now. For seven years, I called this blog 'a work in progress'. While I hope to always remain a work in progress, the time has come to say a little more. Starting this month the blog will be called 'through the moving door'. The title comes from a monotype I created last year. Without completely deconstructing the title and all the associated layers of meaning, the moving door signifies the frame through which I look at the world and understand my work.

And so I make another beginning.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

exhibition: 10x10

For the past few weeks I've been organising the 10x10 Invitational exhibition at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center along with Artistic Director Gretchen Schermerhorn. In its third edition, this exhibit will include more than 85 regional and national artists displaying prints, sculpture, paintings, drawings and a variety of other media. All work has been donated by artists, the sale of which will go towards funding programs at Pyramid Atlantic. The exhibition opens this Friday, November 3 at 6pm and continues until December 17. I am participating in the exhibition too. Below are the three mixed media artworks I am showing.

psyche structure I
mixed media on paper, 10x10", 2017

psyche structure II
mixed media on paper, 10x10", 2017

orbital realisations
mixed media on paper, 10x10", 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

cézanne's mountain


Cézanne's mountain
orange
in the evening light
My feet no longer 
on the ground.

There is the singular, and then there is everything else. Looking out into the world, you are in a twilight state (half daydreaming, half aware); that in-between of states that brings out the hidden magic that is everywhere. Lights twinkle and things rush past you. Your eyes, unfocused, take in shapes and color, and create new relationships, new realities. The body (hair flying) laps up the wind, thirsty. There is music, every high and low note unveils layers of meaning and connections. The singular isn't only in the midst of all, it is all.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

updates in and out of the studio



Things have been quiet on the blog. In my last post, I was on my way to India for a holiday. I returned to the US around mid-June and have since retreated somewhat. Since my show ((Mountain x Crow x Echo)) at The Drawing Studio in Tucson my focus has turned to creating a new body of work. Beginning new work is of course a time for some wool gathering. A time to let the mind wander and look at things in a new light. I have also been busy the past couple of months preparing to move to a new place. We finally moved last week. On moving day I said goodbye to my studio of three years, happy to have had the chance to work in such a wonderful space. My new studio is a bit larger with lots of light. I'm in the process of setting up the space, dealing with boxes and drop cloth, thoughts and second thoughts about how to arrange things. Then there is life in general, which brings its own share of changes. I will talk about this when the time is right. Suffice to say that life has a way of making you pause and look both inside and outside yourself. And so it's a been a busy last few months with a number of changes. I have been taking this time to "wander at ease," as my teacher and mentor Josh Goldberg says with regard to painting (and life too). 

Monday, May 1, 2017

notes over the atlantic


Yesterday on my way to Mumbai. Somewhere over the Atlantic:

The light outside goes from pitch dark in the west to pale blue in the east where the sun is rising. The vast horizon offers a glimpse into the nature of things; the flux that always is. Where does something begin and where does it end? The sun keeps rising and setting at the same time. 

And then there is a landscape of clouds; mountains and valleys, caves and river beds. The rivers are dark and deep. Who knows what secrets lie in those depths? All I know is that way below the waters is a deeper ocean. The clouds are moving, shape shifting, undecided on what they want to be or can be. The possibilities are infinite.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

priyavadhyar.com

www.priyavadhyar.com

I am happy to announce that I now have a website: www.priyavadhyar.com. It has taken me a while to get around to building one (the joys of procrastination know no bounds). Thanks to friends and family who checked the initial version of the website and gave me feedback and enthusiasm. My work on the website is not over yet. I am still working on some of the backend details, but the structure and content of the website is up and ready to go.

I hope you will take a look and tell me what you think. As I said the website is still a work in progress, so do let me know if you see any problems cropping up. I'd really appreciate it. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

exhibition: INK IT Contemporary Print Practices

unlikely treasures
lithograph, 4.25x2.75" (folded), 2016

My print 'Unlikely Treasures' has been accepted for the juried exhibition INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices at BlackRock Center for the Arts. The juror for the exhibition is Helen Frederick, who is an artist, curator, educator and the founder of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center; a major figure in the DC arts scene. I am happy to be part of an exhibit that she has juried. It's great to be showing my work at this regional printmaking exhibition along with such talented artists, many of whom I know personally.

The exhibition will be up from February 11 until March 11, and opens this weekend on Saturday, February 11th (2-4pm). Here is the postcard.