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Kiran Chandra

Call & Response | September 10–December 3, 2017

Pictured above:Twain’s Meeting, 2017, mesh, 60 x 54 x 48 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Wave Hill. Photo: Stefan Hagen. 

Installed in a tree in front of Glyndor Gallery, Twain’s Meeting pays homage to American author Mark Twain, who lived at Wave Hill from 1901 to 1903. Imagining the treehouse parlor Twain had built on the property as a ghost-like form, Chandra’s use of white fabric also recalls the writer’s wardrobe, as Twain was partial to white suits. The artist investigated Twain’s writings, specifically the short story The War Prayer, which was unpublished at the time of its completion. The story critiques the social factors that ignite war, and holds relevance for the artist given our current political climate. She will be staging a reading of the story at the site on October 14. Twain’s Meeting and the accompanying performance celebrates Wave Hill as an incubator and supporter of artists and writers throughout the decades.

Interpenetrations
Sunroom Project Space | April 22–May 31, 2015

 Interpenetrations, 2015, acrylic and metal, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

Kiran Chandra investigates the ways in which systems can be used to connect language, ecology, politics, and art.  In the Sunroom, she is creating an installation that incorporates sculpture, drawing and audio to explore the nature of non-human intelligence and empathy. Chandra is inspired by the book, The Soul of the White Ant (1925) by Eugène Marais, the South African poet, writer and naturalist, who spent his life studying termites. Rather than a literal reading of Marais’s text, the installation will evoke the spirit of his observations of termite colonies and the role of communication within and around termitaries. The installation will incorporate two sculptural termitaries, pods made of plaster and covered in soil from which the story of the white ant emerges. Chandra’s own text lyrically links Marais’s observations of termite behavior to the human impulse to form communities outside of the nuclear family. The sound piece will be subtle and ambient, reflecting on the desire for communication and social engagement.  These components will be accompanied by observational drawings of swarms of fauna and flora.

 

 

Interpenetrations, 2015, acrylic and metal, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

Drifts 1, 2015, ink and pencil on paper, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

Drifts2, 2015, ink and pencil on paper, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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