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Exhibition: (IN) Between
(IN)Between presented new sculptures and works on paper created by the artist over the last two years including key installations Kaayam and Shadow of a Shadow of a Shadow. While the shadow work culminates a long process for the artist in giving mass to the ephemeral and bringing in view the non visible, Kaayam accomplishes on a striking scale to add to the oeuvre of works cast from the artist’s own body, negotiating the thin layer of skin that separates one’s own being from everything else. While both works excavate the unseen, the invisible: the shadow work reveals the presence of something elemental, Kaayam reflects on the absence of something essential. In Sounds of Silence and Gravity, the rigid walls yield to confound and amuse us while Energy Field and Link seemingly defy the rules of nature.
For over a decade now Balasubramaniam has kept pushing our limits of perception, understanding of material and experience of space. The phenomenons created by him reveal the omnipresent but invisible, the strong yet unnoticed, the essential yet overlooked. An encounter with his works discloses not just the world surrounding us but also the world within us. Bala allows us to transgress the boundaries between elements, as they connect and converge into one another, questioning the submissiveness of our consciousness to them and in process their foundation.
Born in Tamil Nadu in 1971, Balasubramaniam received his Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Government College of Arts, Chennai, in 1995. In 1998, he studied printmaking at EPW Edinburgh, UK, after which he pursued his love for the genre at the Universitat fur Angewandte Kunste in Wien, Austria. He has travelled extensively and exhibited in France, Spain, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, Finland, Norway and USA. Amongst his solo shows are (IN)visible at Talwar Gallery, New Delhi, in 2007 and 2009; Talwar Gallery, New York, in 2002, 2004, 2007; ‘Transition and Transformation’ at the Fine Arts Museum, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Unfixed being at Van Every Museum Galleries in Davidson, US, both in 2005. His recent group exhibitions include “Contemplating the Void” at The Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); “Chalo India” at the Mori Art Museum, Japan (2008) and Essl Museum, Austria (2009); Singapore Biennale (2006); ‘Indian Summer’ at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris (2005). He has an upcoming solo exhibition in 2011 at The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC and currently his work can is on view in “On Line:Drawing Through 20th Century“ at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York.
Exhibition: Black Candy
Venue: Taj Palace, New Delhi
Building on earlier engagements in her work with sexuality, intimacy, and identity, in this series (Black Candy) Sen turns her attention to the male psyche and gaze, depicting playful and serious images of the intimate lives of men in a series of large-scale drawings. These are accompanied by a selection of sound installations-composed of humorous, unusual, violent, silly, serious, and bizarre sound bites-which may complement and complicate the narratives seen in individual works and overall. Though aware that her perspective is necessarily feminine, Sen keeps her ability to read and represent men in play, and she projects her own observations and access point as a woman onto her subjects with characteristic wit and subversion. The images in “Black Candy” form a multitude of narratives on maleness and difference, and enable Sen to explore alternate dimensions and expressions of her drawing practice and the limits of autobiography.
As in other series in which Sen’s drawings extend into installation and other mediums, she explores the elision of visual and audio experiences in “Black Candy”. Viewers will have the opportunity to experience stories and sounds that connect to the drawings, developing an experimental new format for Sen even as she maintains a consistent interest in using text, image, and concept in her work. Though the combination of mediums, “Black Candy” offers audiences the opportunity to build their own narratives on the often-private subjects considered, through the complicity of their viewing and interactions with the images and sounds comprising Sen’s show.
Sen’s work reflects an awareness of many sources and styles, and the politics of borrowing. Rather than passively assimilate her sources, in her 2009 installation Confession (conceived and produced independently and exhibited with this series), Sen engages critically the notion of copying, using her own voice to raise concerns including the fraught issue of repeating her own work.
Exhibition: Sleepwalker Daydream
Sleepwalker Daydream is Kiran Subbaiah’s first solo exhibition in a private gallery and, as such, marks an important moment in the career of one of India’s most talked about and, yet, little seen artists.
Kiran’s work continually seeks to turn convention on its head and this he does utilizing a droll sense of humour, an acute awareness of art, philosophical and cultural historiographies as well as a wide array of media. The current show consists primarily of objects and represents nearly thirteen years of art production. In the words of the artist “People call me a ‘Duchamp baby’. Yes I belong to the ‘tradition’ of the avant‐garde, but to combat the threat posed by the avant‐garde against tradition – the threat of having formulated a full stop to tradition. I combat this threat by inventing variations of this full stop and turning it into a tradition.”
Having graduated in 1994 with an MFA (sculpture) from the Fine Arts Faculty, M.S. University, Baroda, the artist has spent much of the last fifteen years associated with universities and residencies, mainly in Europe, including such prestigious institutions as the Royal College of Art (MFA), London and Rijksakademie Van Beeldene Kunsten, Amsterdam (Residency). Over the last six months, the artist has been a part of major international exhibitions of Indian contemporary art including Chalo India at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and the Indian Highway exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery,London.
To date, Kiran’s work has been seen rarely in Mumbai. Indeed this is the first opportunity to see such a large body of his work in the city. Kiran currently lives and works in Bangalore.