Opening on Saturday, February 16, from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Exhibition continues until Saturday, March 16, 2019
Nature Morte presents ‘The Hypostatic Transformation’, a group show of four artists that spans generations, mediums and disciplines, yet is united under the banner of abstraction. The Hypostatic Transformation is a term used in both mathematical logic and linguistics. It is a formal operation that transforms a predicate into a relation, but can also be thought of a proposition that transforms the formal properties of an object or an image.
Each of four artists takes thoughts and experiences and transforms them into pictures or objects, without the need of representational imagery.
The works by Bijoy Jain, Visakh Menon, Manu Parekh, and Raoul Rewal will be shown at the exhibition which opened on February 16 and will be on view until March 16, 2019.
About the artistes:
Manu Parekh (born 1932; JJ School of Art, Mumbai 1958-62) is one of India’s most accomplished painters. His retrospective exhibition premiered at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi in 2017 and travelled to Mumbai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad. He is best known for his expressive paintings of the ghats and temples of Benares. On view will be three recent large-scale works that explore symbologies and devotional rituals in high-key chromatic compositions.
Bijoy Jain (born 1965; M Arch. Washington University, St. Louis 1990; founded Studio Mumbai 1995) is a practising architect who emphasises the use of local resources and traditional craftsmanship to create contemporary designs. He defines Studio Mumbai as a human infrastructure of skilled craftsmen and architects who design and build work directly. Through multiple experiments with materials and on- going relationships with craftsmen around India, elements are allowed to become independent of larger projects and exist as art works. The sculptures on view are made from bamboo and string, papier mache and lime paste, and bricks, exploring both form and formlessness.
Raoul Rewal (1971-2016; passed the French Baccalauréat in 1990 and joined Ecole d’Architecture de Paris, Belleville; qualified in 1996 from TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi) was a polymath who studied architecture but went on to explore a variety of art forms. This is the first time his works are being exhibited publicly, drawn from a large corpus of paintings and drawing made between 2010 and 2016. Fascinated by mathematics and physics, he was also passionately interested in traditional Indian representations of the cosmos and his works have affinities with both mandalas and tantric symbolism. The paintings on view defy an easy categorisation, being both literal and ephemeral, focused and diffused.
Visakh Menon (born 1980; MFA Maryland Institute College of Art 2007) works in a variety of media, spanning drawing, video, installation and media art. On view will be a number of recent works from his Tremors series. Termed “slow drawings,” the works allow ink to saturate paper and colours to bleed towards one another, effecting a direct, unmediated form of expression that alludes to data visualisation and the renderings of audio compositions.
Nature Morte is located at A1 Neeti Bagh, on the main Khel Gaon Marg, between Siri Fort Auditorium and Ansal Plaza. The gallery is open every day but Sunday, from 10am to 6pm, and by appointment.