ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय।
मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय ॥
– बृहदारण्यक उपनिषद्
Lead us from Unreality to the Reality, Lead us from the Darkness to the Light , Lead us from the Fear of Death to the Knowledge of Immortality
After World War -II, the world has faced such huge disaster and loss of lives only now, during this dark phase of Covid-19 pandemic. Being artists we can feel the unrest, sorrow and misery of people everywhere in the world. In this difficult situation every human being has become a warrior, fighting together against this dark period with strong hopes, faith and energy leading towards light. This paradigm-shifting pandemic has made us realize the uncertainty, nothingness and completeness in human life.
This situation also emphasizes the role of hope and faith of man in the infinite journey of survival of civilizations through various natural and man-made disasters since ancient times to the modern era.
‘A ray of hope’ presents majorly achromatic artworks of Contemporary artists coming together to represent their individual approaches and style, that reveal different aspects of hopes and faith in the context of human survival. In today’s turbulent, uncertain socio-political and economic world, most people from the common man to the intelligentsia are worried about their future. Even in this difficult situation, the creative artist is trying to keep the flame of empathy alive in the society with the rod of positive energy, with his devotion to art, aspiration for life and hope for a bright future.
In art history, the absence and presence of light is used to represent spiritual energy, divinity, gods and goddess and so on. Brahman in Indian Vedic literature, Chinese theory of Yin and Yang, Buddhist theory of Shunyavada, The Theory of Big bang discuss about the ‘nothingness ‘ and ‘completeness’ that relates to black and white. Scientifically, black and white do not have specific wavelengths. Instead, white light contains all wavelengths of visible lights. Black, on the other hand, is the absence of visible light. At the same time in color theory, white is the absence of all color and black is the presence of all color. A visual play using black and white together creates neutrality and infiniteness.
This online exhibition will be an opportunity for talented, budding, young artists from India to showcase their art with senior artists to boost their energy. The works of all these talented artists working in various styles of contemporary Indian art will be readily available to art lovers and art collectors from all over the world.
I am grateful to Senior Contemporary artists Sudhir Patwardhan, Dilip Ranade, Vilas Shinde, Ravindra Salve for accepting an invitation for this show. I am also thankful to all Artists who responded to invitation and open call for this Exhibition.
Painter and Lecturer, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai