IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2015

Reet Das
Reet Das


I see the world as being flat, a pre-Magellan’s point of view. I feel in some way that multiple experiences, stories, relationships, etc., all exist and continue to evolve on a flat plane. As a child, I was raised on a steady diet of animal filled stories, events and histories that included Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories” and the “Jungle Book”, yearly Barnum & Bailey’s circus trips, countless natural history TV shows, and hundreds of accounts of shark attacks documented in books I discovered in the library that I’d pour over every week for a few hours waiting for my guitar lessons to start. All of this intertwined with my dramatic and unique upbringing as an only child in Brooklyn. And so this perception of a flat Earth seems to exist because of my mild inability to let memories and experiences fade…good, bad or ugly.

Painting on maps and blueprints has enabled me to literally flatten out a landscape, placing major and minor animal characters that remind me of people, places and things on and even playing field. The work evolves organically, starting off with 2 major characters connected by some undetermined or mysterious relationship. The evolution of the work strives to connect them as they exist on 2 opposite sides of the surface…aching to be together or dying to be further apart. The process of connection creates a dense visual landscape, which includes smaller stories or tributaries feeding off of or flowing into a their destiny.

Characters, objects and visual element repeat from work to work, as I believe they are a finite group characters and relationships that continue to shape my life. However, the telling and retelling of these stories is infinite. At times, final ribbon of color replicates a narrator’s voice, helping to join these pieces within an expanding puzzle.

Solo Exhibitions:
2009 - The Gershwin, New York City
2006 - American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
1999 - Cellar Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
1998 - Internal Journey, Westchester Community College, New York
1994 - Meghalaya Landscape Paintings, Oberoi Gallery, Calcutta, India
1993 - Las Tierras, Museo Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
- Huesos, Galaria Roeches, Xela, Guatemala
1990 - Revolver Space, Boston, Massachusetts
Group Exhibitions:
2014 – “Off The Radar” – University of California, Long Beach CA
IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art
-- Queens Museum of Art, Queens NY
-- Crossing Art Gallery, Queens, NY
-- Arthur M. Berger Art Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase NY
2013 - National Competition - Curated by Joan Snyder, Bowery Gallery, New York City
Journey Through Paintings, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY
Erasing Boarders Traveling Show - 2013
-- Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY
-- Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
-- Crossing Art Gallery, Queens, NY
2012 - Snails & Trails, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NY
IAAC-Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art 2012
-- ART6, Richmond, VA
-- Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Bronx, NY
-- Crossing Art Gallery, Queens, NY
2011 - One Foot in the Other World, Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, NY
IAAC-Erasing Borders 2011
-- Jorgensen Center for the Arts, U. of Conn, Storrs CT
-- Aicon Gallery, New York City
-- The Wang Center, SUNY Stony Brook, NY
-- Queens Museum of Art, Queens NY
Phan*Tas'Ma*Gor'ic, 263 Bowery Gallery, New York City
2010 - Signature Power: Legends and Other Myths, Brooklyn, NY
2009 - The New Boom Collective, New York City
Zoo II, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NY
Boomerang, Michel Allen Gallery, New York City
Inaugural Show, Art Raw, New York City
2008 - Animals In Your Kingdom, Micro Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Reunion, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York
Antagonist Art Movement, New York City
Teeny Tiny, Micro Museum, Brooklyn, New York
2007 - MySpace, Gallery 51, North Adams, Massachusetts
2004 - International Center of Photography (ICP), “Only Skin Deep, National Survey”, New York City
2001 - Rotunda Gallery, “It Happened in Lime Mills”, Brooklyn NY
2000 - Bronx Museum, New York City
Lineage, D.U.M.B.O. art center, New York City
Schick Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York
1999 - Schick Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York
Richard Anderson Gallery,New York City
1998 - *9, West Chelsea Arts Center, New York City
SUBTEC, Gallery Taranto, New York City
Painting and the Laser Copy, Columbia University, New York City
West Side Gallery, New York City
Circulo de Belles Artes, Madrid, Spain
1997 - Digital Salon, New York City
Gale Gates Et Al, New York City
1993 - Los Viajeros, Museo Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
1992 - Paid Pleasure, Revolver Space, Boston, Massachusetts

1998 MFA - School of Visual Arts, New York City
1988 BA/BS - Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Double Major: Fine Art/Business / Minor: Art History

2005/2006 American Academy in Rome, Artist in Residence [11-months], Rome, Italy
1999/2000 The Bronx Museum - Artist In The Market Place, Residency Program, New York
1992 Contemporary Artists Center - Print-making Fellowship
1987 S.A.C.I. - Florence, Italy - Residency program for Painting
-- "Picking Out Distinctive Voices in a Pluralistic Chorus", The New York Times, August 2000
Twentieth Annual Exhibition Catalog, The Bronx Museum, New York City, July 2000
The Times of India, Art Spotlight, July 14, 2000 issue
Artist Statements - Leonardo, MIT Press, Volume 30, Number 5 1997
Collector/Dealers - Simon Says, ArtZone/Ovation Art Network, October-December 1997
FIG Gallery, New York City Artists, Panel Discussion, Santa Monica, CA 2000
Gallery 42, Lecture: "Art and the Digital Environment", New Delhi, India 1999
Westchester Community College, Lecture: "Mapping the Body", Westchester, NY 1998
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