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Sameer Reddy. Light As A Feather, 2012, Balance scale, silver leaf, chrome, stainless steel plate, holy water bottle, Smart water.
Reddy’s performance at Institute 193 took the form of a series of one-on-one healing rituals that incorporate symbolic elements of Buddhist thought, Christian baptism, and rites that originated on the African continent. The performance is an experiment in understanding and engaging with doubt; participants did not have to subscribe to any particular belief system.
His exhibition included a series of sculptures and installations that are simultaneously props for his performance and stand-alone pieces that can function independently of the ritual. Reddy considers these works icons, relics imbued with reparative power.
Sameer Reddy, Diamonds and Pearls, 2012, balance scale, paint, natural pearls, synthetic pearls, pearl powder, natural diamonds, synthetic diamonds, diamond powder, quartz.
Sameer Reddy, Good Fortune, 2012, fortune cookie
Sameer Reddy, Untitled (Shame), Untitled (hope), Untitled (reflection), 2013, sheet metal box with black patina, acrylic box, mirrored box.
Sameer Reddy, The Sound of My Voice, 2013, lightbox, silver foil.
Sameer Reddy, Wisdom, 2013, vinyl lettering
About the artist:
Reddy graduated from Bard College in 2000. His work has been exhibited at Carmichael Gallery (New York), XVA (Dubai), Nature Morte, Grimmuseum, and Tape Modern (Berlin). His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and W Magazine, among other publications. He is the founder of Transformance, a multi-disciplinary healing system that employs Reiki Tummo, Prema Birthing and Rising Star sessions, as well as metaphysical catalysts such as the I Ching, Tarot cards, gem essences, Biogenesis tools, crystals, Tibetan singing bowls and recorded music.
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