Dreamtime Borderlands: The Art of Sandeep Shete

Crossing from ordinary life into its distorted dreamtime reflection, Sandeep Shete’s vivid black-and-white illustrations invoke underground comix, or concert posters for imaginary psychedelic garage bands. His clean lines and stark contrasts are complemented by a dense sense of detail; each image is full of ambiguity, but also intention.

Artist’s Statement: I love to challenge the imagined border between the real and the surreal, the mundane and the magical, using high-contrast black and white imagery. My artworks often depict a single striking element from daily life or nature in one section of the image, juxtaposed with an almost whimsical extension of it in the remainder of the frame. My art is a feeble attempt to make sense of today’s world, where the real and the surreal seem to be bleeding into each other, where it’s getting increasingly difficult to tell the difference between fact and fantasy, good and evil, and where darkness and light seem to be mere perspectives, not absolute truths.

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Sandeep Shete ('SandyVisual') is a self-taught visual artist who creates digital artworks and single-panel gag cartoons in his free time. His work has appeared in American and Indian publications such as The Esthetic Apostle, 45th Parallel, Chaleur Magazine, Rumble Fish Quarterly, Reading Hour, and Fireside (an in-house corporate magazine). Sandeep lives and works in India and shares some of his creations on Instagram and Facebook under the handle @sandyvisual.

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