Israeli art collective Broken Fingaz have been enjoying a working holiday recently, soaking up the culture and getting creative during over several months in India. As evidenced by the group’s new exhibition Journey Galactiko, India’s religious art — particularly the far out imagery of Hinduism — made a big impression.
Brightly-coloured supernatural beings, all extra eyes and extra limbs, feature heavily along with cross-bred sacred animals, demons and patterned motifs. There’s also a liberal infusion of retro sci-fi and a good dollop of Latin American tribal religion iconography in the mix too.
Journey Galactiko, at Howard Griffin Gallery Los Angeles, revolves around the impressive temple-like centrepiece installation, built from wood and found objects. The work tells the story of Broken Fingaz’ journey from East to West, moving between religious imagery found on the subcontinent to the visual language of advertising that pervades capitalist societies. The temple’s interior is intended to provide a sanctuary of reflection, protecting the viewer from the loud onslaught of the lurid Westernised works that surrounds them on the exterior and throughout the rest of the collection. Closing date for this one is 25 July.