A group show of artworks by
Pramod Gopalakrishnan| Rashmimala Devi| Ritu Mehra| Vishakha Apte
Venue- Gallery Ragini, F 213 C, Lado Sarai, New Delhi-30
Date- 10th August to 10th September 2011
The everyday, routine, ordinary, mundane, obvious when transformed
into a work of art speaks a different lyrical language.
The exhibition, Subject- Object features artists who have explored
and experimented with ordinary objects and finally juxtaposed
these ordinary objects in unusual contexts, these ordinary objects
have been used as the starting point of the artist’s journey
to create his/her artwork and what we witness is the bestowing
of new meanings to familiar things.
Subject- Object features four young Indian artists from various
parts of the country- Pramod G, Rashmimala Devi, Ritu Mehra and
For Pramod G exploring the sculptural possibilities of the forms
found in nature has always been his prime concern. The understanding
that all creatures, all objects and all materials around us have
histories and together it all forms a Great History is integral
to his art practice. In nature, certain things appear; while
certain other things disappear, like the decay of dead leaves
and the sprouting of seeds. His sculptural installations are
inspired by his observation of this emergence and disappearance
at a microscopic level.
His art derives from nature and from his own personal surroundings
these days, with nature becoming more and more human centric,
all the other forms of life, objects and materials found in nature
are deemed lesser in importance than human beings. Therefore
his works attempts to remind us of the value of nature, the importance
of our personal environment, the forms of nature and the importance
that we should accord to them.
Rashmimala’s work engages with familiar, everyday objects,
through her works she explores their uncanny as well as their
commonplace side. Whether it is a day to day routine object like
a blade or nail or a piece of patched wall, she visits and revisits
the object almost obsessively, asking questions about the normative
anxiety that structures daily living. Everyday objects found
within the four walls tell many tales—they could be associated
with "everyday trauma" at one level, with pleasurable
memories at others. These feelings often reflect shared experiences,
yet, they carry the imprint of individual histories, individual
Rashmimala works with themes around home, house or shelter: the
small, protected and self contained world we create for ourselves.
She believes that pleasure, pain, violence, caresses, love, fun,
security, all co-exist here and it is all about the experience
of living, following a daily routine.
Ritu Mehra’s works are experimental in nature
in terms of both subject and the medium.
For Ritu art is a journey towards self- exploration, so the
more she experiments with her works the more she discovers
within herself. Her inspiration is derived from the simple
day to day things & life forms as she believes that these simple things
are nothing less than a wonderland. In Subject- Object, Ritu’s
works originate from simple and mundane objects like spoons,
garlic pods, a leaky tap etc; and yet these same objects presented
in her paintings create a sense of calm which disconnects us
from stress, anxiety and the pressures of day to day life. The
artist works on her paintings keeping in mind the omnipresent
creator of all the wonderful things whose creation we, in our
state of unawareness often fail to see and appreciate.
Vishakha in her earlier works dealt with closed spaces,
the inadequate areas one has to cope with while living a city
life, and a human existence spending time in it. As a departure
to her earlier body of works the works in Subject- Object portray
objective shapes stretched comfortably with a lot of breathing
space. The translucent and opaque quality of the painting releases
objects from its mere and mediocre utilitarian context into pure
pictorial forms. Seldom marked with subtle traces of shadows
and a hint of human existence, the material converts itself into
the living shape within different sights to signify the vagueness
and mysteries of human life. The bold lines gradually blur to
disappear into the background and become visible again to create
the feeling of suspension between real and surreal, a dream and
the actuality. The objects, which are invariably interconnected
are beings that are entering the inside space, scattering at
ease or moving outside of the canvas.
It is said that people often use art as a compensation for what
they lack in their actual life, but these artists look at their
art as ideally, things that lead back into life and thus enrich
observation and awareness and as a show Subject- Object attempts
to restore this perception.