Art Heritage brings to its gallery space in New Delhi and online through its Artsy portal, the works of talented emerging artists Aditi Aggarwal, Habiba Nowrose, Pallav Chander, Rajesh Deb, Sukanya Ghosh and Sweety Joshi, whose works seek to capture the intensity of urban life and insight into contemporary sensibilities. Each artist in this exhibition uses a different medium that include digital and analogue photography, collage, assemblage, artist books and bricolarge, where a work of art is constructed out of found scraps of material.
Through a diversity of mediums, the artists in this show are able to convey a particular experience or theme – cutting and pasting analogue, silver gelatin photographs or photolithographs, Sukanya Ghosh and Aditi Aggarwal juxtapose past histories to create new narratives for re-examination or suggest the reality of living in different time zones, simultaneously. Using recent technology, Habiba Nowrose’s digital prints explore created scenes from marital life where every surface is covered with bright, colorful floral prints – made from fabric that can be easily sourced – result in a kitschy look which is used to decorate the trucks of Bangladesh. By blending the foreground and background, the underlying theme in Habiba’s works is the loss of woman’s identity in modern day society.
Sweety Joshi and Rajesh Deb’s books explore the range of possibilities of the medium. For Sweety, a book is the raw material for her artworks, whereas for Rajesh it the final product of his creation. Sweety Joshi’s powerful works take a blow torch to books, reflecting a strained and tense relationship we have with the ‘knowledge’ of our forefathers embedded in ancient texts. By applying a creative arsonists touch to the works, she ultimately leaves the charred books forgotten and abandoned in boxed frames – freezing the remnants of the books in glass for posterity. Sweety’s artworks are clearly a critique on the loss of our values. Rajesh Deb on the other hand is a creator – his handmade book made of rice paper, narrates and illustrates through a mix of acrylics, watercolors and drawing, age-old popular stories that reflect today’s violence. Rajesh’s collages and cut-out printed images, along with his painted ones result in a raw, hallucinatory effect.
Despite the ordered chaos, bold use of colour and interspersing of text and images on the large, textured canvases – that are reflective of the way Pallav Chander creatively channels his dyslexia – ground and return the viewer back to the land of the familiar, acrylic on canvas paintings.
Taken together, Mixed Media Musings provide an opportunity for art lovers, patrons and collectors to engage with works that not only explore experimental boundaries using different mediums, but cover a range of themes from the historical to societal and personal.
3 Apr - 21 Aug 2021