Wednesday, March 07, 2007

rhythm & blues

In the latest Times:
Nearly all the figures in "Blue Like Me"—a show of figurative paintings at Ithaca College's Handwerker Gallery—have a cyan tint. Although blue skin is traditionally an attribute of the Hindu god Krishna, not all of the figures here are obviously holy. Many are dressed in contemporary clothing or employ modern day props. These images can thus be seen as an attempt to democratize spirituality. The artist is Siona Benjamin and the pieces in the show are all from her "Finding Home" series, a meditation on cultural blending and dislocation. (All of these are titled Finding Home, followed by a number and a subtitle.)

Related Links: Siona Benjamin, Handwerker Gallery, Benjamin at Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, Finding Home #49 (Venus).

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