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He recreates images found in old photographs, employing abstractions and white space to comment on history. His "Replacement of Power" is taken from a pre USSR photo of protestors. He removed recognizable faces from the tableau and replaced them with vague blurs.
In the Five Points Gallery in Torrington, there's a found object sculpture made of hundreds of newspapers bound together to form an arch. Half of the papers in the installation are editions of the Hartford Courant. The other half are copies of N Zeitung, a German broadsheet.
Judith McElhone, the gallerist at Five Points, says that Singh "gives an Indian's perspective on the world," and Kathryn Myers, the third artist in the show, "gives an American perspective on India."
Even though Shpanin's exhibit is separate, its theme is the same. The American raised artist created the artworks in the exhibit while on a trip to Russia, where he noticed that popular imagery of the country could be divided into three categories.
unique subject matter. "In India, there is this funny shaped automobile called an ambassador car. From the days of the British, they are called pleasure cars. One day I was taken in one of those pleasure cars to a graveyard. It was not a pleasure ride. I am deconstructing the past," he said.
"There's the era before the Soviet Union, with the czars, there's the visual identity of the Soviet Union, and then the current Russia has its own visual identity," he said.
"I wanted to create a catalog of images. It's a documentary process," he said. "I got 360 images."
The arch, made by Jason Wallengren, is symbolic of the theme of the two shows in the downtown art space. Four artists, each with roots in one country, explore life in another country.
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Singh is the second artist in the exhibit, and his small black and white watercolors, on handmade Nike Kyrie Sneakers Indian paper, show him experimenting with various permutations of the traditional Indian elephant motif.
installation. The photos of Singh, taken in 2009, show him in traditional Indian yoga poses. Five years later, Wallengren took photos of himself in mirror image positions, and melded the two images together.
Dozens more images of the bridge hang in a circle, like a chandelier, from a ceiling. The bridge also is seen in a slide show, a photo book, a small black and white drawing and in concrete models on a pedestal in the gallery.
Displacement' At Five Points In Torrington
Myers an instructor at UConn whose video work is on exhibit now at the Constitution Plaza Gallery in Hartford creates pretty little gouaches of daily life in India. Curiously, most of her images of that heavily populated country include no people. Some of the images are presented on meticulously treated paper and others are matted to resemble keyhole views of a foreign society.
Wallengren said the title of the main exhibit, "When Marco Polo Saw Elephants," also reflects this meshing of cultures. "We're all from somewhere living somewhere else," he said. "There is displacement in the work. . It's one world seeing another world."
"I started doing elephants in 2007. I started using them as an emotional substitute," he said in a phone interview. "Indian elephants fascinate me. From childhood days, I would see them in the temples. Nike Metcon 1 Grey White Volt
They are more like cows. They are not treated as wild animals. People interact with them every day. They came to me naturally."
In the East Gallery, a separate exhibit, "Displacement," features oils on canvas by Stass Shpanin. work at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.
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