Jun 18th 2010

Megha Gupta: Visions From The Burned Forest

@ No Coast

1500 W 17th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Opening Friday, June 18th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Friday, July 9th

The lake that we are walking to is in the shape of a heart. The heart rises up and floats in the air, it makes a void inside the mountain. The moon is like a fire that shrinks and rises into the sky.

After the fire, the structure of the forest remains, like a ruin. In the regrowth of wildflowers among the burned out trees are colors bright and alien. Purples, pinks, and yellows. Oceans that once were, rivers that have eroded the earth, and civilizations that altered lands and died: these landscapes are alien, what is left does not know itself. But structures remain, as in the mind…

Processes of obliteration and regeneration recur throughout the life of the forest. Such forces are at work in the collages of Megha Gupta. Fragments reconstituted. Mechanical and chemical operative chance, free association, creation/destruction… Gupta presents the viewer with a poetic vision unforming and reforming, like memories…

Using processes of photography, Xerox-transfer, and collage, Gupta gleans, alters, and recombines imagery from her own paintings and drawings to create new works that represent an erotic, magical, and realist world.

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