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Review: 'Line & Colour' exhibition in Grenada
Published on October 5, 2010 Email To Friend    Print Version

(From left to right) Artists Nadya Shah, Edward (Eddie) Bowen, Alicia Milne and Tracey Chan

By Anthony Hudson Grandy

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- It was an evening of art gastronomy with the opening of “Line & Colour” exhibition at the Gallery of the Caribbean Art Project (CAp) in Grenada on Friday, September 24.

The art exhibition, featuring three young artists from Trinidad, is a sumptuous palate; an exquisite glimpse of contemporary Caribbean art satisfying for the most discerning appetites.

The exhibition is part of CAp’s Inaugural Art Lecture and Exhibition initiative, which began with a lecture by accomplished Trinidadian artist and educator, Edward Bowen, at St George’s University on Thursday, 23 September, entitled “Art in Our Spaces”.

CAp will be hosting scheduled art lectures and exhibitions by accomplished and prominent artists and speakers at three or four month intervals over the next few years.

The three artists, Alicia Milne, Nadya Shah and Tracey Chan, represent the emerging sophistication of artistic talent incubated and unapologetically connected with the Caribbean with their sense of the personal: biography and explanation intertwined with a process of purpose.

This is piercingly evident in artist Alicia Milne’s work, where it is used as a platform to examine her experiences of growing up within an ethnic minority in Trinidad. Alicia’s graphite works, some of which are walls of solid black and simple horizontal lines with strategically positioned featureless figures, as seen in her “Am I In or Am I Out” series, present a quite clearly defined aesthetic device, but this stylistic direction sets the tone and mood of an indeed complex structure where themes of identity, tradition and belonging are its atmosphere.

With this skillful technique, she deftly allows these themes to authentically participate as a statement contrasted against stereotypical assumptions and actual lived realities that speaks of a personal experience considered and not limited by her own perception of such. This balance allows a resonation of thought in a forum that encourages exploration and sharing with the viewer.

She has been exhibiting in joint shows since 2006 a body of work which includes paintings, ceramic, drawings and a short film.

Nadya Shah, an artist prominently known for large acrylic painting, utilizes abstract expressionism, investigating the theme of the human condition and nature influenced by everyday occurrences, objects and interpersonal relationships.

Her work has a visceral nature, a feeling highlighted in her series of small jewel-like pieces titled “Primordial” by the way the fluid course of initial sharp reds, blues and orange dissipate into lighter tones, adding an expansive quality along its path.

Nadya’s portfolio also includes a short film shown at the 2008 Trinidad and Tobago Festival.

Now living in Grenada, Tracey Chan’s series of work is a furlough into her personal thesis, “Being Human makes us exquisitely beautifully flawed”. Her work exhibited is a display of simple and fluid line sketches. Though there is an absence of an orchestra of color, its delicate and sensual nature is trumpeted in its simple duotone against an easy white background.

Her sensual series includes tightly cropped bodies angled in expectancy in intoxicating delight of its own, and faces crested with an outpouring of swirls, lines and flowers as if to be of fairy tale lore. These pieces assembled are a tempestuous and seductive marquee, a supplication of Wabi-Sabi (beauty in the ordinary and unseen) an ever present theme in her art.

The “Line & Colour” exhibition imbues a presence of intellectualism and meaning to the visually beautifully and is a rewarding forerunner of Caribbean Art Project’s initiative to provide necessary conversations about contemporary art in the Caribbean by furnishing a sense of community through regional exchange of artists and sharing of their work.

Whether we are conscious of it or not, aesthetics are an intrinsic part of our being, from the colour of our cars, walls, or what we wear. Art indicates a level of societal development. The visual arts represent a conscious approach to aesthetics and as such should be discussed in the public forum.

The exhibition is open until October 16.

The Gallery is open 9-5 Monday – Friday, 11-6 weekends and many evenings, and can be contacted at 440-2787 (ARTS), 419-9437, 420-2468 or
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