The Odyssey

By MWB Desk

An exhibition of the works of Md Tokon will be up for display at the Edge Gallery from January 21-February 16

A stunning showcase of some 79 works by artist and painter Md Tokon, will be displayed at Edge Gallery as part of an exhibition titled ‘The Odyssey: Crossroads of Dreams and Memories”.

The collection comprises of bold, vibrant and colorful abstract paintings comprising almost a decade of impressions that take the viewers from the riverine countryside of Jhenaidah, the artist’s hometown, to the busy streets of New York, where he now lives.

A prolific painter, Md Tokon started painting in his native Bangladesh as a young artist and continues to paint large canvases along with works on paper in New York. The artist has attended the prestigious Art Students League of New York – an institution which counts the likes of Mark Rothko and Cy Twombly in its alumni. His work has also deep roots in Bangladesh’s long tradition of abstract painting, of which Tokon singles out the work of the late Mohammad Kibria as an influence.

What is it that makes Tokon’s work stand out?  For me it is the ability of his paintings to create an environment, an invitation to viewers to step into another world.  His canvases transcend their two dimensionality, providing a pathway into an immersive experience, full of sensory stimuli.  They also invite repeated viewings, with layer upon layer, revealing treasures that emerge below the surface experience. ~ Jonathan Hollander, founder and artistic director of Battery Dance, New York

The Odyssey: Crossroads of Dreams and Memories exhibition will run from January 21, to February 8.

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