Colour has reached a new dimension through Haloi’s works, colour that has found its own space and united to form its own unique language. Yet he insists that “the space tension with the object has to be maintained.” A clear understanding of space and colour gravity is expressed here. Haloi through his years of practice maintained a faith in Indian spirituality and metaphysics which propounds the belief that the world was created by non-being and will finally dissolve into its non-beingness. And man was created to experience the duality of being and non-being, the materialistic and spiritual, the active and passive, illusion and reality. He always resisted the idea of complete abstraction and he firmly believed in the notion of texture, matter, colour and their relations. Thus he was exploring these relations to finally achieve a balance and an order. A balance that keeps the universe in order, from its macro-workings in invisible spaces to its micro-working on this planet that is visible. An order that has been organically structuring and restructuring itself through aeons of evolution and discovery, just to maintain this equilibrium. We experience this order and its balance in our daily lives and strive to maintain it so as to exist. So significant is its place in our lives. From its deep psychic and psychological necessity to a more materialistic one, balance and order is what governs our core values and reason of existence. To experience it and maintain it through one’s life and art is a realisation worth reckoning. It is important here to quote a passage from the artist’s diary where he identifies each colour with his own life experience — a symbolic representation of his practice.

Jesal Thacker

[read more=”+ Read more” less=”- Read less”]Across his painterly work especially in the past decade, rhythm construction becomes strongly manifest as Haloi’s strokes begin to appear as score lines for a song composition—with secret scripts that appear to settle upon grassy patches and golden yellow ripe meadows. These are Kandinsky like, where colour flows resonate as visual chords and elicit synesthetic encounter.

Haloi has cultivated a sensorial practice of seeing which considers that the unknown element is inevitably encompassed in the composition of the known—like hidden galaxies that remain beyond calculation to the human eye, nevertheless lighting up the celestial skies under which we survive. This artist charts terrains of the sensed, rather than remaining controlled by a frontier of directly consumable reality and thus, he builds image constellations as a limitless space. There is no way to remain unmoved when in the company of Haloi’s paintings; I find that they enliven me, presenting a complex structure of feeling and planetary belonging within the dark vulnerability of our present.

Natasha Ginwala[/read]

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