Sangram Majumdar: peel

an exhibition of new paintings November 20 - December 22, 2013

Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects presents “peel”, our third solo exhibition of paintings by Sangram Majumdar. This exhibition is presented in two parts- with paintings and works on paper at steven harvey fine art projects at 208 Forsyth St and larger paintings at Projector around the corner from SHFAP, at 237 Eldridge Street.

Majumdar’s new body of work continues his investigation into the boundary between the facts of reality and the discursive and associative nature of experience itself. While rooted in careful and daily observation of his surroundings, the motifs are no longer immediately recognizable. The paintings unfold slowly; forms and narratives play hide-and-seek with the viewer. Through a rigorous pursuit of the perceptual experience, he expands the perimeters of contemporary representation.

Majumdar’s paintings begin at the point where nature is interrupted. His studio becomes a laboratory for the restructuring of the interior of a found dollhouse, a readymade postcard rack bought online, or his own drawings. As Majumdar paints, he begins to cut away at the unnecessary – the paintings takes on their own life and lift off from reality’s familiar ground. In a series of unlikely left turns, they jettison into space, where more is hidden than found, and the familiar is strange once again.

“I look at the world with open eyes, and what I find are echoes, parallel possibilities, spaces interrupted and painterly interventions. In a world of images that are accessible instantaneously and erased in the next moment, what stays?”

Sangram Majumdar received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and his MFA from Indiana University. Recent solo exhibitions include Rothschild Fine Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Pulse, NY; the Jerusalem Studio School, Israel, and the Kresge Art Museum, MI. He is a recipient of the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo residency and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Space Program Grant. His work was included in the 2010 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a full time faculty member in at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 36 page full color catalog with an essay by David Humphrey.