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Saturday, July 11, 2020

The Flowers Are Opening In My Body July 11th – Aug 6th, 2020- New Art by NarayanRaja, also known as Shiny

I feel that all the stars shine in me. 
The world breaks into my life like a flood. 
The flowers are opening in my body. 
All the youthfulness of land and water 
smokes like an incense in my heart; 
and the breath of all things 
plays on my thoughts as on a flute.

–Rabindranath Tagore

Welcome to “The Flowers Are Opening In My Body.” 

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from the book “Fruit Gathering" by Indian mystic poet Rabindranath Tagore. First published in 1916, it was then translated by the author himself from Bengali into English.   

The exhibition features new works conjured during remote walks in nature, rare outings during four months of shelter-in-place during the Covid-19 pandemic. The artist presents digital photographic objects that harness the power of photography and analog processes. Root systems dipping into shallow summer creeks and their rippling reflections, faces in stones, snakes in the grasses, vultures, fallen and decaying Redwoods, trees scorched by California wildfires, and 130,000 fatalities in the USA.  

These are the components for spells as imagery. They serve the artist as medicine and healing. Such meditations are alchemical transmutations (mortifcatio, negredo) pondering death and decay, and thus the cycles of life, cause and effect, and its restorative, visceral earth magic potencies.

Shiny’s art navigates and guides us through an ongoing time of dying and emerging stories of self and society that call for dynamic alchemy of creativity, compassion, curiosity, and openness. These mystic pixels capture altered states of mind and seeing, all in a foreboding and delightful quest for self-knowledge.

Please join the artist and friends for the opening reception festivities.  
Day:   Saturday, July 11th   
Time: 12 – 3 PM SLT

Exhibition  •  Refreshments  •  Free Gift •  Live Music
DJ Shiny 12:00 – 1:30 PM  •  DJ Moshi 1:30 – 3:00 PM


The artist sends special thanks and high vibes to Nyx, Ed, the 420 Gallery for Art, and the community at Stoner Hangout for their support and encouragement..

All works are available for sale inworld. Feel free to reach out to Shiny for comments or questions. 


Follow Shiny on twitter @ShinyJourno


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