Shine Shivan - Language of deceased II

10 Jan 2020 – 22 Aug 2020

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Language of deceased II
Shine Shivan
10.01.2020 - 22.08.2020


Born in 1981 in Kerala, India. He lives and works between Faridabad and the state of Kerala, India. A young artist born in Kerala, Shine Shivan’s grandiose works on traditional Indian paper plunge us into a world filled with black hairy monsters-cosmonauts with clawed hands and feet, creatures whose nature we do not really know how to identify.

By incorporating quotations from different languages, in an uncomplicated mixture of Western figurative portraiture with more primitive and childlike traits, one would really like to classify this unclassifiable into what might be considered ‘‘art brut’’.

For Shivan, there is no formatting of the thought, the technique, the media used. A human being is  a free spirit that ultimately only relies on his imagination and fantasies. In his works, the nudity, the couplings between even or different sexes have the part beautiful. The contrasts, the thickness of the line, the dark, sandy, earthy, black and red colors are additional tools to accentuate the wonderfully disturbing and even nightmarish aspect of his drawings.

For his second soloshow « Language of deceased II » at Galerie Felix Frachon, we are proud to present an exhibition in both galeries dedicated to one major part of Shine ’s multi-disciplinary practice: his drawings.

Those 32 drawings from different series spanning a period of 8 years, realized with cow dung , ink, charcoal, mulberry paper, synthesize Shine Shivan’ silverlining message « around torture and the history of human behaviour of the human race » is found in most if not all his works exhibited.

As he states himself, « It is not only about drawings, it is more about a power to stand out for the people in a humanist attitude » and summarizes his whole art-practice including his sculptures, perfomances,videos, photographs and drawings: « my works are incidents arrested in (art)works ». Not only does he fusion all the influences he had throughout his journeys to the Warly tribe, to the nature of Kerala, the tradition of classical and modern Indian art or the european masters seen in museums with his singular techniques, every work has it own story ,either autobiographic, mythological or based on real life events within the political and religious climate one can find find in India.

One soloshow for 32 stories…

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