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Photographs by Manjarai Sharma and new works by Emi Ozawa.
Manjari Sharma • Darshan Emi Ozawa • New Work March 7 - April 18, 2014 First Friday Reception: Friday, March 7, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00 pm Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Darshan, a series of vibrant photographs by Brooklyn based photographer, Manjari Sharma. Darshan is a Sanskrit word meaning vision or view and is associated with Hindu worship. It can be described as the experiential discovery of his or her true sense of purpose. Manjari Sharma’s Darshan series is composed of 9 representations of Hindu deities that tells the story of this revelation. Historically, Hindu deities have been depicted predominantly through sculpture and painting but very rarely photography. Sharma brings contemporary life to these iconic images through her camera lens. Multiple trips to Mumbai and collaboration with a sizable team of local artisans, sculptors and painters were funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Lavish sets were constructed, costumes were created, and models were styled to render each of the elaborately staged 9 archetypal representations. Born and raised in India, Sharma was immersed in her native Hindu culture. In her early 20‘s, she moved to the U.S. to pursue her interest in photography. Visits to Hindu temples were gradually replaced by sojourns to museums and art galleries with the same fervent dedication. The Darshan series bridges the gap of these two vastly separate worlds. This monumental project has already captured the attention of CNN, Life Magazine, The New York Times, NPR and countless others. Darshan is scheduled for exhibition at the Asia Society Texas Center in Houston in May 2014. In the project room we are showing new works by Albuquerque based, Japanese artist Emi Ozawa. Trained as a woodworker, Ozawa creates mahogany, poplar and maple three dimensional wall sculptures that compositionally shift as seen from different perspectives. Ozawa’s keen interest in vibrant colors, refined burnished surface treatments, and optical designs combine to create whimsical yet superbly finished works. Emi Ozawa was born in Tokyo and studied fine art in Japan. She received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives and works in New Mexico. Dates: March 7 - April 18, 2014 First Friday Gallery Reception: Friday, March 7, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00 pm Gallery Hours: Tuesday -Saturday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Location: 514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 Contact: 505.766.9888, firstname.lastname@example.org