Akasa 7-12

India: Time, Space and Astronomy – A Quest to Depict Akasa
July 18th – August 12th, 2012
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 18th, 7-10 pm
Thursday July 26th : Documentary Screening and Q&A with Patrick Morell
57 Stanton Street (at Eldridge) NY, NY 10002
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Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 1-8 pm

Curated by arts scholar Elizabeth Rogers, who has lived and studied throughout Asia with  mostly the last decade in India, this exhibition features the work of three photographers and one videographer in an exploration of the interplay between East and West, the spiritual and material, human culture and natural terrain. Photography by Robert A. Schaefer, Jr., Belle Mcintyre, Felicia Murray with video installation by Patrick Morell of Golden Rabbit Films on exhibit through August 12. There will be a special preview screening of excerpts from Patrick’s forthcoming feature documentary, “High Train to Tibet,” with clips from his other films about Tibet and a Q&A with the filmmaker on Thursday, July 26th at 7pm.

“In Hinduism, Akasa means the basis and essence of all things in the material world; the first material element created from the astral world. In Sanskrit the word means “space,” the very first element in creation. In many Indian languages, the meaning of Akasa has been accepted as “sky.” It is the One, Eternal, and All-Pervading physical substance which is imperceptible. Akasa is that which gives space and makes room for the existence of all things.

This exhibition celebrates the melding of place and time, of the colour and aesthetic details, of architectural visions of the past and present. It recognises the routes and journeys of form and the timeless inspirations which continue to influence creativity beyond the boundaries of the East in the West.”

- Elizabeth Rogers (April, 2011)

Curator About the Artists:

Through extraordinary cyanotype studies of architecture and open space, Robert A. Schaefer, Jr. demonstrates that the power of the colour blue spans cultures and our perception of nature – in particular the sky and the sea, long sources of primary inspiration for creative depiction. Felicia Murray is a stellar example of the spirit of nature and the unexpected which can be expressed through the camera lens and monochrome. Due to her appreciation of depth and detail, it is as if the odours and sounds can be sensed and the viewer feels present, an integral part of the scenario and unfolding drama, an interconnected participant. The elements of design and timeless architectural splendour are incandescent in the work of Belle Mcintyre, who has been traveling to India for many years. Her lens has captured the nuances of centuries graphic delight through the myriad inter-weavings of cultures and terrain.  Essential to the work of renowned Parisian and New York-based filmmaker, Patrick Morell,  are the ancient pathways of the Himalayas and the changing terrains through which humans and animals continue to exist. His stunning India documentary Varanasi: City of Light (2001, 40 minutes) will be the basis of the video installation for this exhibition.

About Curator Elizabeth Rogers:

Graduate of Harvard University (B.A.), Institut d’Etudes Politiques (C.E.P.)and Institut des Civilisations et Langues Orientales (Matrise, Paris),  Beijing and Fudan Universities (P.R.C.), and Yale University (M.A. and M.F.A.), with post-graduate studies at Oxford University. She was the Assistant Director of the Museum at Japan Society (New York), the Director of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art (New York), and a consultant to the Museum at Tibet House (New Delhi), the World Monuments Fund (New York), and the Ashoka Mission (New Delhi). She has curated, researched, and published both poetry and essays in numerous museums and international journals throughout the U.S, Europe, and Asia.

Related Events:

Opening Reception – Wednesday, July 18th, 7-10 pm

Film Screening – Thursday, July 26th, 7 pm

Closing Party – Saturday, August 11th, 8-11 pm

About Lambert Fine Arts:

LFA occupies the unique and quirky landmark Fusion Arts Museum, beautifully reflecting the funky, innovative, and provocative nature of contemporary Urban Arts. With multi-cultural artists using a multi-media approach, the artists and performers at Lambert Fine Arts demonstrate a contemporary sophistication in their use of new media, modern technology, and complex symbolic imagery to engage viewers in a progressive and compelling social critique.