A tribute to the late Nek Chand (1924-2015) and what would have been his 93d Birthday on the 15th December. It’s two years since this great Outsider artist passed away. entering his Divine Kingdom of Sukrani. May he rest in peace surrounded by the Gods and Goddesses of this sacred spiritual walled garden that he visualised into existence and loved so dearly. He was a true visionary Outsider artist. A man who shared his heart through his great artistic vision. we are left with his vision in stone. metal. and roadside refuge all of which he transformed into magic pieces of sculpture for us to enjoy. appreciate and ponder upon as to its inner nature.
The Photo -images and totem installation that I have put together for this tribute were taken by me on many Sojourns through this visionary state called the Rock Garden. I also had the privilege to exhibit over 40 original drawing done by students from the local art college in Chandigarh. these Portriture drawings were done for a pop-up one day exhibition that I curated in the RG back in 2013. a very lovely collection of drawings of the great man which fitted in beautifully with this three day show at the Roselle School of Visual Arts here in Sydney from 15th to 17th December 2017.
This exhibition was partly a platform for my ongoing-unfolding “Dead Car Dreaming” process which started back in 2008 in the central desert of Australia. A Sojourn that a close friend and two aboriginal elders went on. our mission was to invite the elders who were the custodians of the Rainbow Serpent dance….we invited them to bring this sacred dance to the East coast and perform it in 2009. during this wonderful two week desert Sojourn I had many insights-visions-dreams-etc-etc thus this new process of “Dead Car Dreaming” was born and will continue unfolding for some time into my future….( I did have a solo show in Chandigarh during the anniversary celebrations in June this year where I had an installation of the totems. this is why they are in this show on faces)
A real pleasure to have had yet another exhibition focusing upon mainly Nek Chand and his great legacy left behind in this fantastic state called the “Rock Garden.”
Michael J Wright 20/12/17.