SIDDHARTH CHOUDHARY EXAMINES THE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM FROM MULTIPLE VANTAGE POINTS, AS HE AWAITS A DECISION ON HIS GREEN CARD APPLICATION
Howard Yezerski Gallery is pleased to present Too Much Color, a solo exhibition of computer drawings by Siddharth Choudhary. The artist has rendered the drawings as high resolution pigmented canvas prints in varying sizes of 18x18 in, 36x36 in and 72x72 in. A series of 24 drawings will be on view at Howard Yezerski Gallery from July 07- Aug 12, 2020. The gallery located at 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118 is open by appointment from 11am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday.
After leading a nomadic life for a decade, Siddharth Choudhary relocated to Boston in 2017. He says “Lots of amazing things have happened since my arrival in Boston, including the birth of our daughter. Applying for a green card moved the current debate on immigration from an intellectual exercise to one in which I suddenly held a stake. I find the anti-immigrant agenda of current policymakers to be deeply unsettling. At the same time, I question if my desire to remain in the country, however strong it might be, is a sufficient condition for me to be allowed to remain here. Surely the system must have clear guidelines that I must respect, but then the system has also been historically discriminatory.” In Too Much Color, Choudhary engages with the US immigration system from multiple perspectives to examine its complexity beyond simplistic, reductive or dominant narratives.
Choudhary is interested in new technologies and their intersection with traditional art practices. He made Too Much Color using a stylus on a digital canvas of backlit LED screens and a large format inkjet printer installed in his studio. He employed a digital pastel “brush” to create linear graphic marks as well as painterly effects. Choudhary’s artistic process is as much a cultural impulse as it is an engagement with the discipline of drawing. For instance, his palette is influenced by colorful festivities and fabrics of India while his bug-eyed figures draw from the folk art of his native Mithila in northeast India. Choudhary is also influenced by Jean Dubuffet and Philip Guston. Choudhary’s pigmented canvas prints straddle canonical and vernacular as well as traditional and digital as they renegotiate the boundary between drawing, painting and printmaking.
Choudhary was born and raised in India. He received an MVA in Studio Arts from Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2015. Choudhary has exhibited in the United States, Hong Kong, China, Switzerland and in India. Choudhary was a resident at Vermont Studio Centre, he received the Presidential Scholarship at Anderson Ranch Arts Centre, Hong Kong's Pure Art Foundation grant and Art Oxygen’s grant in India. He was the 1st runner up at the 2014 Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize. Choudhary lives and works in North Andover, MA.
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