New Delhi: Stainless steel has in the last few years reinvented itself. From SAIL’s well known advertising campaign, ‘there is a bit of steel in everyone’s life’ highlighting the multiple uses it can be put to, it has today become a preferred medium for a clutch of designers who are using it to create furniture, artefacts, souvenirs, paintings and even installations.
In some quarters it is also being viewed as ‘art’ with an exclusive art gallery promoted by one of India’s premier steel families, the Jindals, providing the complete wherewithal for an artist who wants to showcase his work.
An upcoming exhibition redefines the versatility of steel as a medium of artistic expression. Clubbed together under the ‘God & I’ series, these are abstract interpretations which sometimes appear complaining and at others questioning, admiring and accepting of the path laid out by the Almighty, the way the artist, Vibhor Sogani sees it.
A graduate from NID, Ahmedabad, his forte lies in conceptualizing and giving shape to installations for public and private spaces. He started working with the medium of stainless steel, but is now exploring other materials like brass, copper, bronze, stone and other mixed media.
The works are minimalistic and yet eclectic as they bring out the many unique characteristics of steel. According to Alka Pande, curator and art consultant, “ His work has no direct references to Indian craft or fine art traditions. His personal language is modern with a practice that has an international cosmopolitan flavour-a natural corollary to the material he is creating with, namely stainless steel.
Uneven rough, matt, surfaces play with satin and mirror finishes, synthesizing the tangible, tactile materiality of the medium with the creativity, inspiration and mystery of an artistic vision.
It is in exploring the qualities of stainless steel, and experimenting, exploring, fusing and combining other materials like brass, copper, bronze, gold, iron and stone that Vibhor not only shows his understanding of the mixed media he works with, but also pushes the envelope of creativity.
Vibhor is keen to explore the possibility of entering the domain of public art and urban installation in public spaces and traffic round-abouts.
The exhibition which opened on 2March will conclude on 12March at the Jindal Art Gallery in New Delhi