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Jasjyot Singh Hans - Women in Monochrome

  • Paradigm Gallery 746 South 4th Street, 19147 (map)

Paradigm Gallery is pleased to present two concurrent exhibitions: Women in Monochrome by Jasjyot Singh Hans and Double Diddle Phlebotomy by Charles Clary.  The exhibition will open on March 22 and remain on view through May 11, 2019. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Friday, March 22, from 5:30 to 10pm.

Originally created in Paradigm’s artist studio for a site-specific installation at the debut of Superfine!’s LA fair, Jasjyot Singh Hans’s Women in Monochrome has come back to Philadelphia. The Baltimore-based Indian artist has created a series of large-scale monochromatic paintings on canvas challenge the normative ideas of female beauty. Jasjyot's women are in complete control over their mind and body and by moving about with confidence, often derobed, they aren’t afraid of the emotional expression of their inherent femininity. Each of his women tell a story, redefining preset ideals of beauty and body image. They are intense, full-bodied, and dark; reflecting both what the artist sees around him and what is inspired by his own dealings with the body. He illustrates what he associates with, not because it is interesting, but because it is him. 

Double Diddle Phlebotomy, Charles Clary’s latest body of work, is a deeply personal series. Dealing with his mother’s battle with terminal lung cancer, Clary’s hand-cut, pen and ink illustrations revolve thematically around the helplessness he felt during her fight, which he desperately wanted to cure. His work is meticulously cut by hand from paper, then layered and laminated beneath illustration board to create a structural “tumor.” Clary then begins the drawing process, applying wires, tubes, and mechanical contraptions, each with its own life and purpose, referencing the countless IV’s and machines endured by his mother. To cope, Clary imagined a fantasy world where a Dr. Seussian-like character would come and make nanobot inventions that would microscopically attack and destroy the tumors, curing her. Clary’s whimsical title references this sort of playfulness in this imaginary medical realm, circumventing nature to overcome death. The work also becomes a reliquary for trauma and the scars that it leaves that eventually make us stronger as individuals. 

About Jasyjot Sing Hans

Jasjyot Singh Hans is an illustrator unendingly inspired by an explosive neon mix of fashion, music and pop culture. He has a constant regard for things past and a voracity for all that is current. He studied animation film design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and has an MFA in Illustration Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. His work chronicles around themes of body image, sexuality and self love.

Jasjyot draws much of his inspiration from his home country, India. He brings to life small nuances of everyday characters through his work, dealing with themes like agency in emotional expression, as well as the body. People here are unabashed by color and vibrancy, especially in their clothing and outward appearance, yet for far too long women have had their behavior dictated to them. Jasjyot’s work acts to promote positive body image in women and challenge the conventional ideas of beauty.