Super-technology, great as it is, has caused the humanities and the arts of the day to forget their true language, that of inner being. The scientific methods seen applied to some of today's art works are brilliant, but great love alone is the aim of all art. Art is not titillation, not information, not reduction. Art must somehow or other still have the mysterious power of transcending history, and horizontal time. That alone makes us see things acutely. Artists must think from the ground up, that is, on all forms of creativities: whether of the arts, the sciences and even the faiths. Good art is not descriptive, but a carrier of culturally distilled emotions.
I believe the displacement of the living and the organic from our civilisation has gone too far with the development of the machine and machine-like minds. This has led to the dehumanisation of art itself. We have become just too regulated and narrow. A disaster for our own humanity. Think of climate change! What folly. Truer artists groom the heart to spiritual health.
Neeraj Gupta is an Indian sculptor who has exhibited extensively in India and internationally. His work has been featured in the Santorini Biennale (Greece), India @ 70 at the Embassy of India, Bangkok (Thailand) and the 11th Florence Biennale where he won the Lorenzo il Magnifico Silver Award (Italy). He is also the President of the Delhi Art Society and is a Public Art Specialist and an expert in Indian folk and village art forms and aesthetics. Gupta has produced several large scale public art commissions throughout New Delhi.
pigment in white cement
65 x 45 x 45 cm
Judges of the 2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Michael Lynch AO CBE (Australian Arts administrator, former Director of Sydney Opera House and former CEO of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong) and Amanda Love (Director Loveart, independent Art Advisory).
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