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Karthik Pandian, A cherry table with a walnut brain, 2014, cherrywood, walnut, 70 x 32 5/8 x 30".

Karthik Pandian

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Karthik Pandian, A cherry table with a walnut brain, 2014, cherrywood, walnut, 70 x 32 5/8 x 30".

In life after life 1 (all works 2014), a silent, color 16-mm film that is Karthik Pandian’s first collaboration with Paige K. Johnston, fair-skinned arms hold a series of fruits and vegetables before the camera: cucumber, eggplant, mango, pineapple, tomato, walnut, and so on. While some are simply proffered for observation, others appear to be tested: squeezed or snapped, to bend or break. Still others, previously vivisected, are opened; our gazes linger on the innards. The setting is nondescript, a seemingly neutral studio space, with light entering from the right. The film oscillates between beauty verging on preciousness and violence, inflicted on strange surrogates for human organs, digits, or heads.

In his show “Confessions,” Pandian juxtaposes these alluring filmed objects with solidly material ones. In the center of the gallery stands A cherry table with a walnut brain, a

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