Everything in the world has a distinct notion. This notion contains truth about things in general, including its connections to other things. We can analyse these connections through rational reflections. When the analysis is finite, we can reach the final truth about those things, when the analysis is infinite, we cannot reach the final truth through reasoning, but only through lived experience
There arises a question in our minds at a point in our lives as to the nature of our existence. We ponder about the meaning of our everyday lives and our relationships with our realities. We usually tend to philosophize at this point when we try to analyze our lived experiences. But the reality which we have constructed ourselves limits our imaginative capabilities, and we realize all our knowledge comes from our perception of the world as a subjective experience.
It is at this juncture that we react to our immediate realities in order to justify our ‘lived experiences’. We deliberate between the realms of being and existence. George Martin, throughout his practice has tried to explore the ‘lived experience’ within the absurd realms of our human condition. His artworks narrate a vivid picture of our exasperated realities using satire and visual puns in a symbolic way, subtly poking at our notions and norms of our constructed worlds. They become emblematic reflections from within our mundane existence.
“So far….So good” becomes a satirical expression when we pause to gauge our performance in the absurd theater of life where we put up an act of ‘being’ and ‘existing’. It somehow depicts our strange strategies which we adapt to, within this journey of life. We are bombarded with various realities the world has to offer; we negate through these continuously until we come up with reactions which guides us towards a utopian dream. In this body of works titled “So Far So Good”, we can see a narrative which represents the distorted, mundane realities which are juxtaposed with bits and pieces of humour and satire. There is a conversation happening here through the images, illusions, forms, colour, flatness, symbolisms, pastiche and a vivid visual texture. The artworks, each in their own distinct raised platforms are trying to narrate their happiness and trauma at the same time to the prospective audiences in their own subtle ways.
George Martin has shown us a way to read these narratives, and it is through a lyrical text which intensely narrates a symbolic & nostalgic journey where the protagonist who is the creator of these narratives negates with his ‘being’ and ‘existence’. This also gives us a lot of insight into the meaning and the idea behind the existence of these narratives. They lead us into a pathway filled with curiosities of existence laced with elusive exuberant strains, which are emanating from within the frame work of their ‘being’. A conversation with George Martin becomes more necessary in this context, as there is a need to decipher more meanings through this invigorating text and a provoking visual narrative.
Text and photos: Gallery Sumukha. Excerpt from ‘Monadology’ written by the philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Leibniz. The exhibition is on view from October 12- November 30, 2019