Natraj Sharma, one of two artists to have won the Sotheby’s Award for Contemporary Indian Art along with Atul Dodiya, has dabbled in painting as well as sculpture. His latest work is a series of sculptures based on the idea behind one of his earlier paintings, Air Show (2004).
A preview of the sculptures, travelling to Geneva for his solo show at Art and Public-Cabinet PH from 10 November to 1 December, is being hosted by the Project 88 gallery in Mumbai. Sharma says the original inspiration behind the works is the Surya Kiran team of the Indian Air Force who performed in Baroda: “Beauty and violence, play and aggression—having made a flat, graphic painting on the show, I realized the possibility of transforming this image into the third dimension.” he says. He uses welded cast iron grids to show the clash between flight and constriction. “I’ve used geometric patterns to convey the feeling of being able to defy gravity and the terrible realization that we’re all enmeshed within our mortal limits,” he says.
(At Project 88, BNP Building, L.A. Sawant Marg, Colaba, Mumbai, on 16 and 17 October.)