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Unit 3 Projects | Jose Antony Pindian | No Alternative
13/12/2016 - 27/12/2016
Jose describes himself as a multi-disciplinary artist. His practice is underpinned by ideas about the intermediate psychological space. There is a gap between one’s desire for a sense of self at peace and the tantalising power of fear-evoking objects which also occupy the inner residence of the individual and social self. The experience of this un/conscious conflict can be understood as a result of the movement of time through the physicality of each present moment. Whether creating studio based painting, sculpture or installation, Jose’s work is intended to have a visceral impact on the viewer.
The exhibition’s centerpiece is a three and a half meter tall, thin linear sculpture, titled: Infuse. The piece might remind us of Romanian artist, Constantin Brancusi’s endless column, which symbolises the “Infinite Sacrifice” of the Romanian soldiers. Similarly, Jose’s work is a reflection on the individual’s endless responses to fear, the space it is occupied, as evoked in the public places.
Fear is an emotional response to a particular object, interaction or incident. Jose explores how fear is about the movement of projected thoughts. For Infuse, Jose used disposable styrofoam cups that are commonly used in public places. The cups have been painted with acrylic black lines and the thickness of the lines on the cups gradually increases as the stack descends towards the floor; eventually also spreading around onto the floor and generating feelings of being engulfed.
Unholy, is another large piece work which has used more than seven thousand thermo cups and hundreds of plastic cockroaches. It is a reflection on fear as experienced in a city life. In recent times the many reported terror activities have generated immense fear in peoples’ mind. Most terror attacks have happened in cities and thus city living seems a more vulnerable situation than ever. Terror activities divide, kill or leave people in a mental disorder (trauma).
Jose’s intention is to create a physical and mental movement in the viewer. A kind of ritualistic, movement around the work, look up and down and to be engaged fully in the work. This movement is in response to the artwork within a confined space opening to negotiate the space, their secret fears; facilitating an objectifying and mirroring of the mind’s fear.
Jose states: Social issues are my big concern. I want to respond to what is happening around me; it is the only way to console me.