Dixit's Computer Images
Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi (17-28 April, 2000)

Reproduced below are texts distributed at the exhibition-opening
(images are from video-grab)

Graduated in Fine Art, Art Department, Govt. of India Delhi Polytechnic, Delhi, 1959; Studied under Stanley William Hayter, Specialising in 'Gravure' and learning heuristic method of teaching at Aterlier 17, Paris, 1968- 1969; Held ten 'Solo Shows' in Delhi Paris and Copenhagen, and Albertslund, 1962-1986; Participated in 22 group shows national and international exhibitions in India and abroad, 1956-1989.

Worked in different media drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, relief in wood, painting on glass and photography, etc.; painted murals on glass of an appropriate area of 6000 sq.ft. in M.P. Pavillion, World Trade Fair "Asia 72", New Delhi, 1972; Designed and executed several murals in wood including the one of an approximate area of 400 sq.ft.! Daryaganj, New Delhi, 1973; Taught in the Art Department Jamia Millia, New Delhi, 1962-75; and thereafter for about 9 years in Nigeria on an assignment for the Federal Ministry of Education, Nigeria; Director LKA artists Studio Garhi, 1985-88.

The Show Opening

Works in many private and public collections including NGMA, New Delhi; Bibliotheque Nationales, Paris; Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; Kunstforening l.B.M., Copenhagen.

This is Dixit's 11th 'One person Show' and 1st show in 'Computer generated Images'

"While at work, sometime in 1975, on a 500 sq. ft. relief in wood, I discovered for the first time that light in its variety of modes is a potential medium of artistic expression of a profound nature.

"This led me to photography as my new medium as it essentially deals with lights of different magnitudes and properties.

"Its representational character, being so compelling, stops the viewer, more often than not at the recognition level.

"Whereas an art form-though also of representational character so often invariably stands for something beyond itself.

"Besides, photographic process is so complex and needs an amount of skill that it kills much of spontaniety so required of an artist to create an art form.

"Here the technology comes to the artist's aid. Have CD's of your photographic images instead of processed negatives. And with help of a good computer and appropriate software, manipulate your images in a variety of ways, previously not even though of, with all the sponatniety at your command.

"Not to say that the new technology does not involve complexity of operation. It does.

"But with some practice, it becomes as easy as driving a car.

"A click of a mouse here, a hit on the keyboard there brings about the transformation of your images which comes as a revelation to you.

"A work of art in general is, indeed, are revelations -- a revealed form. This new form that is the revealed one, however, it often annihilates the original image of the photographic subject or object in the process.

"And I plead guilty on this count.

"Dictated by the logic of the form, governed by the tool and the new medium as also by my intuition. I indulge in an unabashed formalism, where form becomes content and content, form. And the original photographic image is only a starting point.

"Nearly all the digital images of this exhibition are the metamorphosed images of the original photographs through various operations and manipulations of a computer software. At the time swayed by the creative impulse and dictated by the logic of 'Form' of the moment of the original image of the photographic subject is totally observed and new non-objective form emerges."


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