Yesterday, Shanthi Chandrasekar's "Red Dots" arrived at The Art League, and today the exhibit officially opens to the public.
Self-taught artist Shanthi Chandrasekar creates intricate, multi-layered drawings in an attempt to decipher the complicated dreams that inhabit her subconscious. “Red Dots,” an exhibition of these pen and ink drawings, will be held in The Art League Gallery, September 8 – October 3, 2011.
It all began with a dream. Chandrasekar awoke from a dream filled with joy and possibility, remembering only “a series of red dots arranged purposefully on a white background.” She began drawing the many levels of the dream in order to try to understand and recapture its energy. Quickly the dream absorbed her thoughts; she became lost in the drawing, moving from one room of the dream to the next.
The imagery that appeared reflects her Indian heritage – the kolam, a ritual line drawing symbolizing prosperity and protection, and the bindi, which Chandrasekar uses to create the eponymous red dots and is said to retain energy and concentration, both feature prominently in the drawings. The unraveling threads bring to mind the weaver occupation of her ancestors.
Holding degrees in physics and psychology, Chandrasekar is most interested in the blurred line where science and spirituality intersect. The labyrinthine nature of her drawings helped to answer her questions about dreams, which in turn reveal new perceptions of reality. Moving through the maze with Chandrasekar, the viewer may glimpse into the artist’s subconscious, while applying his or her own interpretations to the work.
Exhibit Dates: September 8 – October 3, 2011
Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: Thursday, September 8, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 17, 1:00 pm
Shanthi is one of four semi-finalists participating in the "DC Arts Center Decathlon." During the six-month run-up to the exhibition (which will be at DCAC January 13-February 5, 2012), commentators will “cover” the progress of the decathletes as they create the work for the show. Each commentator will be assigned an artist and visit that artist once a month. After each visit the commentator will post on this blog, interviews, commentaries, photographs, and/or video. Artists are also encouraged to document their progress on the blog. Check out what she's up to!