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Of Sinew and Soil

January 26 – 29, 2010

Shivani and Kalias Rajan

Show Description:

"Overt grappling with materials went out of style with the capsizing of Abstract Expressionism and the bobbing to the surface of more industrial, coolly cerebral aesthetics. Going to nature for inspiration (remember Georgia O'Keefe and Henry Moore?) likewise all but vanished with Pop and its buoyant successors (except for Neo-Ex in the 1980s). Sister and brother Shivani and Kalias Rajan, painter and sculptor, respectively, obviously stick with the old-time religion. In Shivani's paintings, California's undulating hills resemble our bodies, "forces within and ... without" seen as equivalent. In Kalias' sculptures, tree branches similarly suggest torsos. While there's a bit too much reverence toward organic form here (and the idea that humanity is part of "Earth's body," in Shivani's words), is that old enough to be new again?"

— DeWitt Cheng, East Bay Express

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