Tasneem Gallery

Creation-Procreation and The Loss of Innocence

06 May 2010 > 30 Jun 2010

artist(s): Godfried Donkor / Wiz Kudowor / Nalini Malani / Eugenio Merino / Jazz Pasay / Wu Xiaohai / Joan Miró

With the participation of the artists: Godfried Donkor, Wiz Kudowor, Nalini Malini, Eugenio Merino, Joan Miró, Jazz Pasay, Anthony Pilley and Wu Xiaohai.

is a loaded term. In the book of Genesis, a concept we call God creates our very existence,…in our current world as people and ancient nations try to make sense of their lives, Bob Marley wails “ in this great future you can’t forget your past…so dry your tears I say”. Each generation creates its myths and realities. As children we are told stories of incredible creativeness only to discover as we grow older that they were perhaps just fairy stories. As adults we respond to yet more stories. Cavafy writes “And now what shall become of us without any barbarians/ Those people were some kind of solution”. Yet humans ability to create something out of nothing, art if you will, rather than just procreate is argued by some, to perhaps be our one redeeming quality.

With these eight artists the Tasneem Gallery curatorial team explores the many facets of the notion that is creation. It does not offer high conceptualization with co-current esoteric marginalization of the viewer. Rather it attempts to engage us by at one level responding to our ideals of creation whilst at the same time leaving us with a disquieting feeling of questioning that idea. But all within the framework of an aesthetic ideal and emotional effect.

Slide 1
Nalini Malini, The sense of touch, 2009, Numerical pigmentary print, 54,6 x 76 cm
Slide 2
Nalini Malini, Childhood fears, 2009, Numerical pigmentary print, 54,6 x 76 cm
Slide 3
Nalini Malini, Games of War, 2009, Numerical pigmentary print, 54,6 x 76,2 cm
Slide 4
Anthony Pilley, Family pool, 1998, Acrylic on printer's card, 70 x 100 cm
Slide 5
Jazz Pasay, Third day of creation, 2005, Acrylic on canvas, 145 x 145 cm
Slide 6
Joan Miro, A Perucho, 1960, Print Carburandum HC, 76,5 x 57 cm
Slide 7
Wu Xiaoha, Untitled I, 2007, Paper charcoal, 40 x 50 cm
Slide 8
Untitled II, 2007, Paper charcoal, 40 x 50 cm
Slide 9
Godfrey Donkor, The birth of Venus, 2009, Mixed media collage on digital print, 64 x 45 cm
Slide 10
Anthony Pilley, Embryo, 1997, Chinese ink on card, 37 x 28 cm
Slide 11
Eugenio Merino, Genio, 2008, Oil on paper, 66,5 x 102,5 cm
Slide 12
Eugenio Merino, New Barack, 2009, Oil on paper, 58 x 107 cm

The sense of touch, 2009, Numerical pigmentary print, 54,6 x 76 cm Childhood fears, 2009, Numerical pigmentary print, 54,6 x 76 cm Games of War, 2009, Numerical pigmentary print, 54,6 x 76,2 cm Family pool, 1998, Acrylic on printer's card, 70 x 100 cm Third day of creation, 2005, Acrylic on canvas, 145 x 145 cm A Perucho, 1960, Print Carburandum HC, 76,5 x 57 cm Untitled I, 2007, Paper charcoal, 40 x 50 cm 2007, Paper charcoal, 40 x 50 cm The birth of Venus, 2009, Mixed media collage on digital print, 64 x 45 cm Embryo, 1997, Chinese ink on card, 37 x 28 cm Genio, 2008, Oil on paper, 66,5 x 102,5 cm New Barack, 2009, Oil on paper, 58 x 107 cm