The exhibition is a series of paintings C.F. John has been working on for the last six years as
part of his reflection on two mystic saints, St. Kabir and Francis of Assisi.
The easel format, together with the realistic foundation of the new paintings, may surprise
initially against John’s past of cutting-edge work. The last installation project John worked on was
in and around an open well that had gone dry and been abandoned; a well that had lost its meaning,
its soul – water. This long-drawn project compelled John into searching and understanding the
interconnectedness of everything that is, not something in abstraction but with direct engagement.
This effort began with contemplating and experimenting in soil regeneration and engaging with
issues affecting the community in which C. F. John lives and works. This “other” experiment is
powerfully, if covertly, present in the series: in its subject matter and as well in its concern with inter
For John, his work with the community and doing art remain two sides of the same necessity.
One asks one to engage with desperation, frustration, anger, cynicism, crisis management, as well as
eagerness, anticipation and hope. The other asks for a mind of quietude and stillness. John believes
that intuitive, artistic processes lead not above the accessible actuality and shapes or passing time but
to something that lies profoundly within all that.”Every moment, form and happening demand real
physical resolves and I understand it is in the core of these things we can find what we seek – the ‘song
line’ that connects the immediate with everything before and after.”