At newly opened Chimento Contemporary, Sandeep Mukherjee’s panoramic paintings just are. Spanning across the two jointed walls, these ten paintings, collectively titled as Mutual Entanglements, quietly float in the space, seemingly hovering over the white floor. The sight offers neither an excitement nor a disappointment. It just is. As a result, a meditative engagement transpires.
Olive green and varying evening shades of gray fill the surface, contoured by the rich black angular swirls that resemble tree branches and stumps. Eventually, a woodblock print-esque densely intertwined forest emerges. Expressively drawn figures of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner may be hiding behind the colors, too.
Through the cracks, the breaking lights brighten the scene with harvest yellow, plastic red, and occasional chalky white. The environment is not at all something found in Los Angeles. Nonetheless, a singular window, through which hazy blue and pastel pink can be seen in a distance, suggests that a coast may not be too far.
Perhaps the forest is an internal structure — the artist’s inner psyche, maybe. Mukherjee’s process oriented abstraction can be understood as a meditative practice that involves a real, bodily performance. The fruit of his labor allows viewers to get lost in the paintings. A moment of contemplation is in order.
Sandeep Mukherjee’s Mutal Entanglements is on view at Chimento Contemporary until October 31, 2015. It’s a GET-LOST-IN-THE-WOODS.
All images courtesy of the gallery.