Friday, April 30, 2010

The adventures of Little timmy and the hawks of CP

everyday little timmy comes to the gallery, places a biscuit on the wall of the balcony often making strange bird calls and hand movements, trying to call the hawks to have the biscuit. He also fears that some day they might come and make a hole in his head and knock him down. Lying bleeding, they will pick him up and fly up into the sky and let go of him in mid air so that he falls and his bones get crushed. And they will keep on repeating this act till he is dead. Then they will eat him. So he wishes to be their friend.

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Jyoti at work

This morning, the water problem, I feel trapped in Delhi. Peeking into the water tankee I am checking the water level, the trickling of water. I hear the birds singing. 5:30 am and the sun decides to rise behind the Nehru place building. Water filled last nite in buckets to have a cool shower, I await the paper.
Imported Jam from London and fresh malaai taken from the milk I eat. Rs. 80 and I refuse one after the other. Finally an auto is willing to go by the meter. 8:30 am and I head to the washroom. I ask for tea and it is served in sometime. Listening to gurbani in the gallery, I keep on walking back and forth on the mezzanine floor. Music from the show is there in the backdrop. The hawk flies down to have a sip of water.
I am fitting paper into the neon green file, empty sheets which are the backdrops for works to come. Then I’m inside giving titles for my work. I am back on the Mezz. Floor drinking Coffee which I decide to put away.
I didn’t come yesterday. I start cutting paper and Jyoti appears. He had started on a work yesterday, a form twisting and curving and we begin an early morning discussion.
Jyoti shares his views about his earlier work (2005) and his current work. He mentions about how earlier the form was straight, than curving but now was all twisted up. He is contemplating on the placement of the figure, its scale and its link with the abstract form. He further adds about the interpretation of the form which can be taken as a Snake, metal pipe etc which he has no relation with. He explains about how he would always have a size for the canvas as per the work but now the process is reversed as the Canvas comes first and than the Composition.
He also feels that he has to be conscious in his work and works done just like that are not his best or complete for him. He is aware that many Artist prefer to work spontaneous but in his case he prefers to watch and be a spectator of his work at every stage. For him enjoying his work, be it a line on paper, a stroke of watercolor or acrylic on the canvas, he has to stop and spend time enjoying the possibilities of his work.
His current work for me has been exciting before the entry of the figure, the sheer grey tones of the form and the darker grey of the background playing the space of the universe. I look around to find the element of the sphere from his earlier work as an interesting subject.
Yesterday he had placed a small figure on the chair somewhere, as I try to find the traces of it, he decides to create a huge head in the center bottom half. Then we discuss of the new possibilities and the possible new meanings.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

jyoti's world

holy now !

in basel

stretch me no more

the process

the toilet connection

back from Orrisa

of dotted lines

one fine sunday

of the works and their placement

jenson's corner

the korean trip

Andree Pouliot

anant ki duniya

jenson world

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I shall not create anymore

Regarding the drawings, of all that I have expressed so far, so much I held within me for all this time. I had been so afraid and confused in my approach. And so much I need to do, and all this, it was only me who was stopping my self.
Small drawings having their own categories, themes, directions, endless possibilities, but then where I am today is only possible because of being directionless, of not knowing, because I did not know of it and so it happened. I did not plan it, it just happened on its own.
Of others who are watching me, they can only react, suggest and see options and I am grateful to them.
Of the dream projects, I am amused at myself because I know I just need to do them and I have been too lazy to formulate the project proposal. It will be fun when I do them because I am thinking about them and others are doing it right now!
Of the madness of the works, ha! I can only laugh….
The waves of Mahabalipuram, I can only say - when my loved ones will die, will go away from me, will I realize what you meant for me. I will let all my works drown into you….
The best [man] is like water.
Water is good; it benefits all things and does not compete with them.
It dwells in [lowly] places that all disdain.
This is why it is so near to Tao.

Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


"At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want."

 Lao Tsu quotes
(Chinese taoist Philosopher, founder of Taoism, wrote "Tao Te Ching" (also "The Book of the Way").
600 BC-531 BC)

LAO TSU- When he was eighty years old set out for the border of China. At the border (Hank Pass), a guard, Yin Xi (Yin Hsi), asked Lao Tsu to record his teachings(As he could not leave the state without giving out a portion of his wealth) before he left. Lao Tzu then composed in 5,000 characters the (The Way and Its Power), in the 3 days. He was never seen again. "Tao Te Ching" - an intense book about life


Alexander,asked if there was any favour he might do for him. Diogenes replied, "Yes: Stand out of my sunlight.". Alexander declared, "If I were not Alexander, then I should wish to be Diogenes."Alexander found the philosopher looking attentively at a pile of human bones. Diogenes explained, "I am... searching for the bones of your father but cannot distinguish them from those of a slave."

Monday, April 19, 2010


all packed up

Senior Artist

Well, i like what's been done in this art residency, i also like the view from here, watching the insane traffic going round and round the CP gol chakkar, and now i am getting chakkar... boy stop pulling on my leash...

searching for truth

food on fire

please don't try this at home....done by the experts at the Arts I Cafe

words no more

someone will sweep them away into the dustbin, like a firefly they lived their life, being part of the wall next to the painting, telling us the story and now treated with such pain and humiliation, all scattered and rubbed away unto the floor...

anant the artist

the fear of the Monkeys

AtmaRam and his Hawk

Thank you generous people of Arts I for filling up this pot of water for me to drink, for i live on this tree with my two kids, keena and sunkee. I am so grateful for this act, but i would also like if you put some biscuits for me like you give to the Artist in Residence. I don't mind the Custard ones or the Choclate nuts cookies. I'm sure my kids will like it.

Friday, April 9, 2010

mountain stories - by Rajbir Singh

Yeah, it's a nice place to stand at, and be witness to these moments, of the trees going down the hill, of the river below, of so many greens, of knowing oneself....coming down the mountain, wrapping onself around the path i would see it happening, a pause and i would wonder, is it created all for me...then a sudden fear of the night approaching, of reaching back home, to the base and looking up and seeing it at night.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

No- thing we are
Nothing will be
I see you are I tell you be
No- thing to see
I see you are I tell you see
Nothing to be
For Nothing we are
And Nothing will be

- Francis Alys
  Kunstmuseum, basel

in the moment....

Budha would ask us to stay in a cremation ground,before initiation....