"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 has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?" Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
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.
Josephine Balakrishanan 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.)