“Enough is plenty” – how this art exhibition conveys messages of creativity, balance and respect for the environment

Launched in 2014, PhotoSparks is a weekly column of Your story, with photographs that celebrate the spirit of creativity and innovation. In the previous 585 posts, we featured a arts festival, a cartoon gallery, world music festival, telecom fair, millet fair, exhibition on climate change, wildlife conference, boot festival, diwali rangoli, and jazz festival.

Held recently at the Phoenix Kessaku in Bangalore, 22 artists participated in the exhibition, Alchemy: Change is the only constant. They had a message: to spread love, according to curator Sonu Mulchandani (see part I of our coverage here).

The lineup of artists included Naval Kishore, Kaushalya G, Kathik Mal, Atin Mitra, Adittee Garg, Reghu G, Rajib Sur Roy, Sunil Sarkaar and others. The artworks were priced from Rs 12,000 to Rs 5 lakh.

Sonu Mulchandani is the founder of E-Studio in Bengaluru and has curated a series of outstanding exhibitions over the years. See our previous photo essays on E-Studio, Phoenix ArtSci Festival and Contemporary Group.

One of the artists featured at the Alchemy exhibit was Geoff Francois, multi-talented painter, writer, sculptor and photographer. His works depict strong ethical themes, such as environmental awareness and opposition to war and racism.

“The purpose of art is to transform through a magical process that as artists we can only understand by doing. It has to be experienced,” says Geoff.

“As an artist, I dance to the limit of what I think is possible, then step into the void allowing any unavoidable chance to bring with me as conduit,” he describes.

Draw on multiple spiritual traditions, Geoff points to a range of realizations about illusion, permanence and the material world.

“Enough is enough and the pursuit of more leads to destruction,” he warns, urging a spirit of respect for nature, especially in the wake of recent human destruction of the environment.

He quotes a famous quote from Leonardo DeVinci: “There are three categories of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.

“At this critical moment in the the history of the earth, it is equally essential that those who are deliberately blind see,” he explains.

The seeming joy of material property can never substitute for the beauty of nature. “The loss of all other forms of life and the beauty they provide to feed us can never be matched by the artifice of the human hand. Their loss to the soul will never be replaced by material possessions,” warns Geoff.

“Alchemy is the art of turning base metals into gold. We degraded the world by degrading ourselves. We must all become alchemists and let the beauty of life shine,” concludes Geoff.

Now what have you done today to take a break from your busy schedule and find new avenues for your creative heart?

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