September 12 - October 10, 2010
Brennan & Griffin is proud to announce its New York debut, an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles based artist, Sandeep Mukherjee.
For his first Solo Exhibition in New York, Mukherjee has created a body of work that incorporates painting and embossed drawing on Duralene. In works that are both a nod to and extension beyond the fusion of modernism and spiritualism, color and aqueous transparency collide with areas of dense black opacity and etched hard-edged furrows. Textural heft and tectonic shifts create concave and convex mountains and valleys that intersect with meandering topographies and orbits of kaleidoscopic color and light. The film-like quality of Duralene allows for a range of material transformations: translucency, opacity, and three-dimensional relief all inhabit one re-workable, non-absorptive surface.
The work emphasizes materiality, process and the position of the human hand - and thus the integrity of human identity - but remains perceptually mutable and incorporeal. This stems from Mukherjee’s interest in the conviction that we are all “at present less empowered and certainly far less connected to the effects of our world than we should be.” It is for this reason that the artist is "deeply involved with the textures of a medium capable of universalizing so much lost intimacy.” Mukherjee’s paintings aspire to become a conduit to another dimension of experience where the possibilities are many and ultimately open ended for the viewers to inscribe for themselves.
*Quoted from Jonathan Lasker. Tony Godfrey, Painting Today, Phaidon Press, November 2009, p 144.
Sandeep Mukherjee was born in Pune, India and studied Engineering at the Manipal Institute of Technology in India and UC Berkeley; Fine Arts at The Otis College of Art and Design and UCLA. His work is in the collections of MoMA, New York, LACMA, Los Angeles, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, MoCA, Los Angeles, The Peter Norton Collection, Judith Rothschild Collection, and the Eugenio Lopez Collection among others.
Opening reception Sunday September 12th
6 to 9 PM
Brennan & Griffin
120 E Broadway, 6 FL
New York, NY 10002