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Size: 10.2 W x 10.4 H x 1.3 in
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Painting: Watercolor on Paper.
PD541 – Myriad lights (green)
watercolour on hand-made gardenia-dyed kozo-shi paper
The circle is not only a form in Darukhanawala’s work, it takes many forms. Quite literally, no two circles are the same in his output. And their interaction with the music, the lines, the songs (they themselves are made up of lines and their own (musical) movement) results in a very rich, tantalizing object that faces the viewer and invites, sometimes forces a dialogue, one that, in its elusiveness, changes and develops.
These works are not intense shots of wallpaper or gimmicky seeking immediate appeal; you would hardly wish to broach a dialogue with someone knowing that it will reach an abrupt end very soon because the channels of communication will just repeat themselves. Here, there is always something new to discover. This is the art of life – for life. Their depth and complexity does not, however, rule out an unmediated, accessible response to the work. On the contrary … .
Movement, dynamism, light – and yet a coherent, tight image: that is the immediate achievement of this powerful but quiet piece. Darukhanawala has described his work as ‘almost silent – but only almost’, and this work helps one to understand what he means. One of Darukhanawala’s remarkable achievement is to combine bafflingly intense perpetual movement (witness the little marks outside the sphere) with zen-like peace (the effect of the entire framed object).
The line between art and life is just about non-existent in Darukhanawala’s art: using art as an ‘instrument of truth’ (Darukhanawala’s phrase, borrowed from one of his artistic mentors, Roger Hilton) is the deep purpose of these marks. The paint and the application – the technique – are less important. What matters here is how they make you feel, what they make you think and how they affect you … intrinsically and extrinsically. This is conceptual, psychological, modern art that affords art a much more extensive role than just amusement or technical excellence.
Dimensions above include frame (unframed: 172 x 170 mm.)