New York, New York, United States
Art Description | Mirror Mirror Series
This is a series of identically-sized images. Each painting starts with a rough human outline representing the "Purusha", or "man as the representation of mankind".
Each work is then worked differently to express the transformation of the elemental man.
It reflects the dynamic of trans-national global society. We are a multiplicity of avatars.
The manner in which the paintings are made expresses the fluidity of identity. Each work uses a different combination of materials and painterly process. The layering and superimposition of elements are intended to create a space where events can happen. The sequence of the images is presented more or less in the order they were made.
The works in the series together create a narrative of self-containment, implosion, fragmentation, and reconstitution.
My works derive their inspiration from various sources. I focus on the common ground that exists between diverse cultures. In this sense, I do not distinguish between figurative or abstract
My paintings pose the question: "Can ideas understood in the context of one culture find meaning and relevance in another culture?" It is a reflection of a multi-cultural information-based global dynamic that defines how I live in the present day.
I often create works organized in series. This allows me to explore through variations the meaning of a particular idea. The form of the work becomes the key. A strong conceptual focus guides my work. But the works and the process to create the works take precedence. The focus is on how the work is made. and on the details of surface, layering. texture, brush work color, and form.
Article in the "Highbrow Magazin" by Sandra Bertrand:
"But it is Uday Dhar's The New Americans, Adam and Eve that gets my vote for the most majestic mixed media painting in the show. Its gigantic masked couple are a worthy pair that could share the stage with some of the artists' favorite predecessors—Dürer, de Kooning and Picasso among them." (Sandra Bertrand; Highbrow Magazine)
– Article in the "Huffington Post" by Peter "Souleo" Wright:
Art Exhibition and Non-profit Organization Look at LGBT Issues Beyond Marriage Equality
Article in the "Daily News" by Alexis Garrett Stodghill:
"Harlem artists team up ..." — "Daily News" Article about the Group Show
– Full-page article about Uday in the largest magazine in Bengali (published in Kolkata), by Sovan Tarafder:
"It is not possible at all to capture the personal presence of Uday K. Dhar from his artwork printed with this interview. The picture included in a recent exhibition of CIMA named “ADBHUTAM” is
intense and radiant. It is bright from an explosive and brilliant sarcasm."
Ananda Bazar Patrika (আনন্দবাজার পত্রিকা), Dec. 17, 2011 (PDF) — English translation here!
– This short article about the January 2012 show in Delhi features Uday's painting (at the left) as illustration:
HTCity, New Delhi, Feb. 01, 2012 (JPG)
– National Indian TV station, NDTV's Breakfast News, short TV interview with Uday; see:
"Indian contemporary art: Where is it heading?"
NDTV (India), Dec. 8, 2011 (video, NDTV website)
About | Uday K. Dhar
As an artist, I am motivated by a desire to acknowledge the multiple influences that define me - the result of being born in Britain, raised from age 3 to 12 as child in India, followed by immigration with my family to the United States, to Queens, New York, but also from living in Berlin, Germany for four years as an adult where I first started making art seriously. A complicated path led to my decision, late in life, to forgo architecture as a career, to embark on making art. That experience has influenced the focus of my art.
I am interested in the tension between individual freedom & self-expression versus cultural heritage & social obligations. What is important for me is to reinterpret cultural, social and personal experiences through art that can be meaningful to others. Even though my artistic projects derive from the double-edged experience of immigration to this country, my art is a commentary on the larger cultural transformations that are taking place in the United States (and in India).
In 2006, I received a grant from the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and I am a 2006 fellow of both the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.
My works have been exhibited in various places. They include New York, Los Angeles (US), Toronto (Canada), London (UK), Berlin (Germany), Budapest (Hungary), Bali (Indonesia), Mumbai, Kolkata, and Delhi (India).
Exhibitions / Installations:
Current and Recent Shows:
Solo Show "I AM A GOD" ("Mythomania"), November 16 – January 2017; OPENING RECEPTION: November 16 from 5:00-9:30PM at the Art In FLUX storefront gallery, 163 Malcolm X Blvd. between 118 and 119th Streets, NYC.
Solo Show at the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion, Columbia University, NYC, November 5, 2016 - February 10, 2017.
"Home is where", Group Show at the West Windsor Arts Center, NJ (952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction). Jul 11 - Sep 10, 2016.
IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art (Group Show) at The Jan Hus Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, New York, NY. April 27th - June 30, 2016; and: at The Gallery - Flushing Town Hall, NY. October 1 - 30, 2016
IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art (Group Show) at The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminister, NJ. , March 17 - April 15, 2016.
Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Residence Exhibition Preview + Art Connects NY's Spring Benefit: June 09, 2015, 6pm to 9pm: Gallery Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (529 W. 20th
Street, Suite 6W, Chelsea) – Group Show (Commissioned Works) Engaging Artists, at the Queens Museum, NY, organized by MoreArts. Feb 07 - Feb 27, 2016.
Flux Fair Harlem: May 14-17, 2015: fluxfair.nyc
(RE)VISIONS (Curated by the School of Visual Arts Masters in Curatorial Practice; show at 1199 First Avenue, NYC). April 9 - April 27, 2015 (Group show).
Direct Current: PointB Worklodge Group Show, Opening: April 26, show from April 22 - May 27, 2015. 71 North 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY.
Consistent Change (Aloft Hotel Lobby & Lounge, 2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd., at 124th St., NYC). March 18 - May 1, 2015 (Group show).
The Corporation at Yaddo, Fall 2006
Weir Farm Trust, Fall 2006
Macdowell Residency, Spring 2006
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Spring 2005
Triangle Arts Association Workshop, Dumbo, Brooklyn, October 2004
Hungarian Multicultural Center, Balatonfüred, Hungary, June 2004
Caldera, Sisters, Oregon, April 2004
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Spring 2002
Drawing Center, New York, NY, Selection for the Slide Registry, 2005 – 2011
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