Under the sheets
The imperial interiors of Travancore Art Gallery in New Delhi play contrast to Dhruva Mistry’s cutting edge steel sculptures, an experiment he began after his return from London in 1997. As a continuation of his earlier works, the Vadodara-based artist cuts up metal sheets using laser beams to produce flawless lines and liquid shapes. He welds shapes to make reclining figures and blasts off circular portions of 4 by 8 ft metal sheets to fit in silhouettes of figures inside. For contrast to the cold grey metal, the artist uses car paints lavishly. The effect is bright, precise, solid and weightless. Mistry obviously doesn’t believe in accidents of creativity and his razor-thin artistic scrutiny is as precise as a “lab test”. What’s more, the artworks are weather-proof: You can touch, tap and clean the canvas with a duster. They are as good to hang in your drawing room as your garden. ‘Steel, Stainless Still,’ Travancore Art Gallery, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi, until February 27
A. Balasubramaniam treads the fascinating line between light and shadow in his new line of inquiry on invisible spaces. What lies between an object and a shadow? How can we visually interpret the weight of an object? He defines this new territory with sculptures of cardboard boxes, wooden tables and a cast of a giant fallen tree, at the inaugural show of New York-based Talwar Gallery, which has opened a branch in Neeti Bagh, Delhi. The high note is that you can plan many small revisits to see these select thought-provokers. The exhibition, titled ‘(In)visible’, is to run for three months. “The idea is to allow people to physically see and enjoy the works before they decide to buy,” says owner Deepak Talwar, a former investment banker.
Venue: C-84 Neeti Bagh, New Delhi, on till April
Happy new year
Art is not cheap. But abstract artist Subrata Kundu has just completed 1,000 sketches, each meant to be handed free along with the catalogues of his upcoming show, titled ‘White Feathers’ in New Delhi. On 10 by 10 inch paper, Kundu gives vent to his inspired doodling in rapid circular brushwork. The large works, 25 in all, at the show are larger versions of these sketches. Each piece is built on memories of his visits to Makrana, the marble district of Rajasthan, and to Leh. The artist, who prefers to associate with galleries only through group shows, describes his effort as “a New Year gift” to friends, collectors, galleries he knows well. Venue: Lalit Kala Academy, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi, until February 9-15
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