I'm sitting here looking at the sleeve for this record Bruce Springsteen made called The River. These guys look so good I can't even believe it. It's a double album. It is its own beauty. I don't think Bruce Springsteen knew what the hell he was going to do. Maybe he did but that takes all the mood out of it. It is better to be thrust into some kind of destiny. That is LIVING. I used to write my name a lot. When I asked myself who I was all I had to do was write my name. That was my fortune. Mary George. THE END. I still think this is all I need to know about destiny. Knowing is being. I'm in love with coming home. All the things that I do when I come home. The things that I want to do. I want to play guitar whenever I want. I want to make paintings with all kinds of soul. Black party lights make me feel good in my heart. I like materials that have secret forces that need to be revealed. I want to make art that is contagious like good rock n' roll. I want to make art so I can go to heaven.
The title of the show came from a discussion I had with the poet Robert Hass, when asked: What is the role of the artist/writer/poet in the current climate? He responded: “The famous saying is Robert Duncan’s: The responsibility of the artist is keeping the ability to respond. In the present climate that’s everyone’s responsibility. My wife says we should try to do something that takes us out of our comfort zone every day. For me that tax is too high, so I try three days a week.”
Ajit Chauhan (b. 1981) lives in the sanctuary city of San Francisco, California. His work has been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, White Columns NY, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, the Berkeley Art Museum, Jack Hanley Gallery, Annarumma Gallery Naples, Italy, SVIT Prague, Czech Republic, and most recently the KMAC Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. His work is concurrently being shown at Fused Space in the exhibition Seven Places of the Mind curated by Margaret Tedesco.