Manjari Sharma • Darshan    


March 8 - April 18, 2014
First Friday Opening Reception: March 7, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Darshan, a series of vibrant photographs by Brooklyn based Indian photographer, Manjari Sharma. Darshan is a Sanskrit word meaning vision or view and is associated with Hindu worship. A Darshan is the experience that invokes an immediate connection between deity and viewer. Manjari Sharma’s Darshan series is composed of 9 representations of Hindu deities that tells the story of this revelation.

Historically, Hindu deities have been depicted predominantly through sculpture and painting but very rarely photography. Sharma brings contemporary life to these iconic images through her camera lens. Multiple trips to Mumbai and collaboration with a sizable team of local artisans, sculptors and painters were funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Lavish sets were constructed, costumes were created, and models were styled to render each of the elaborately staged 9 archetypal representations.

Born and raised in India, Sharma was immersed in her native Hindu culture. In her early 20‘s, she moved to the U.S. to pursue her interest in photography. Visits to Hindu temples were gradually replaced by sojourns to museums and art galleries with the same fervent dedication. The Darshan series bridges the gap of these two vastly separate worlds.

This monumental project has already captured the attention of The New York Times, NPR, Life, the Huffington Post and countless others. Darshan is also scheduled for exhibition at the Asia Society Texas Center in Houston in May 2014.

 
The experience of viewing the art is an essential part of the art. The relationship of a viewer with a piece of art is unique and individualistic in nature. This is no different than the connection to a Hindu deity that a seeker experiences in a temple. -Manjari Sharma
 
Emi Ozawa • New Work
 
 
 
In the project room we are showing new works by Albuquerque based, Japanese artist Emi Ozawa. Trained as a woodworker, Ozawa creates mahogany, poplar and maple three dimensional wall sculptures that compositionally shift as seen from different perspectives. Ozawa’s keen interest in refined burnished surface treatments, and optical designs combine to create whimsical yet superbly finished works. Emi Ozawa was born in Tokyo and studied fine art in Japan. She received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives and works in New Mexico.
 
Images for these exhibitions can be found on our website www.levygallery.com. High resolution images are available on request.

Dates: March 8 - April 18, 2014
First Friday Gallery Reception: Friday, March 7, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday -Saturday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Contact: 505.766.9888, info@levygallery.com

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