Games we Play (Under the Coconut Trees)


“They never say to you, ‘what does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?’ Instead, they demand ‘How old is he? How many brothers have he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?”
Antoine de Saint-Expiry

Games We Play sets this error straight. This art show looks at the games we love. Games We Play is a series of works on paper; an introspective study of card and board games infused with tropical pop bravado of South Asia and Californian sensibility by artist Josephine Balakrishnan. As a child games teach us to risk, barter, and fearlessly communicate. We learn the price of winning and losing to relationships. Because Cards, Monopoly, Chess, Risk and Bridge occupy our psychic energy it is fitting that we give these games homage. Because games pattern us we need to see the threads of our personality beneath the pattern.

Games We Play combines the world each game lures us into and the meaning we glean from it. In the 60’s psychologist Eric Berne wrote The Games People Play showing relationships as a series of repetitive transactions that provide pay offs. There are positive games and negative games. Unconsciously repeating a negative behavior is not necessary once we see the game. Acknowledging what we have gained from games is equally as important. Therefore Games We Play uses game archetypes with humor and decorum simultaneously. Card and board games that appear insignificant loom with meaning. Perhaps in the future wars will only take place on a risk board. Perhaps lovers will be required to play bridge before they are allowed to marry.

Ms Balakrishnan has worked for over 20 years combining the South Asian palate with California and Sri Lankan imagery. She has shown in three continents and her work has sold in major museum stores (Guggenheim, National Gallery, Museum of Modern Art New York, Chicago Art institute, etc.).

opening reception: August 21st, 7-9 pm
exhibition remains open till September 7th

josephinebalakrishnan.com

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