Paradox opens in Singapore with diverse Indian contemporary artworks – picture feast

INDIAN CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY SHOWS

“A Material Difference”, an inaugural exhibition of Indian contemporary art held at new Singaporean gallery Paradox, closed on 3 April, 2011. Seven artists from India showed a diverse range of works: metal and vinyl stickers on paper, wax and photography on board, oil and charcoal on canvas.

Click here to read more about “A Material Difference” on the Paradox website.

Chittrovanu Mazumdrar, 'Untitled', 2009, wax on board and photography, 53 x 120 cm. Image courtesy Paradox.

Chittrovanu Mazumdrar, 'Untitled', 2009, wax on board and photography, 53 x 120 cm. Image courtesy Paradox.

Below we present you with images of some of the works by three of the artists in the exhibition – Biju Joze, Sumedh Rajendran, Chittrovanu Mazumdrar, Hema Upadhyay – as well as brief biographies of each artist, as provided by Paradox.

Other artists whose works were featured include Sajal Sarkar, Simrin Mehra-Agarwal and Parul Thacker. A collective total of 28 artworks was presented.

Biju Joze, 'Untitled', 2010, vinyl stickers on paper, 71 x 71 cm. Image courtesy Paradox.

Biju Joze, 'Untitled', 2010, vinyl stickers on paper, 71 x 71 cm. Image courtesy Paradox.

Biju Joze, 'Untitled', 2010, vinyl stickers on paper, 180 x 108 cm. Image courtesy Paradox.

Biju Joze, 'Untitled', 2010, vinyl stickers on paper, 180 x 108 cm. Image courtesy Paradox.

Biju Joze (b. 1972)


The multilayered relationship between man and object in the real world is one of the central focusses of Biju Joze’s art. He subjects the original form of an object to several manipulations, playing with scale, function and context. The subsequent narrations are the result of a process of fragmentation and reconstruction, through concept and material.

Click here to read more about Indian artist Biju Joze.

Sumedh Rajendran, 'Untitled', 2010, leather and mixed media on paper, 141 x 181 cm. Image courtesy Paradox.

Sumedh Rajendran, 'Untitled', 2010, leather and mixed media on paper, 141 x 181 cm. Image courtesy Paradox.

Sumedh Rajendran, 'Untitled', 2010, leather and metal on paper, 150 x 120 cm. Image courtesy Paradox.

Sumedh Rajendran, 'Untitled', 2010, leather and metal on paper, 150 x 120 cm. Image courtesy Paradox.

Sumedh Rajendran (b. 1972)


Rajendran’s work explores the irrational nature of hypocrisy in the world. In his mixed media works the artist reconstitutes theft, killings and destruction. Here, floundering states and fixation on anger astutely focus the narratives of his works.

Click here to read more about Indian artist Sumedh Rajendran.

Chittrovanu Mazumdar, 'Untitled', 2009, wax and gold leaf on board, 91 x 61 cm. Image courtesy Paradox.

Chittrovanu Mazumdar, 'Untitled', 2009, wax and gold leaf on board, 91 x 61 cm. Image courtesy Paradox.

Chittrovanu Mazumdar, 'Untitled', 2009, photography and wax on board, 41 x 28 cm. Image courtesy Paradox.

Chittrovanu Mazumdar, 'Untitled', 2009, photography and wax on board, 41 x 28 cm. Image courtesy Paradox.

Chittrovanu Mazumdar (b. 1956)


Unrestrained in his artistic impulses, Mazumdar has explored a broad spectrum of media and technology in his work. Making references to his own culturally rich upbringing in Kolkata and Paris the artist employs bold brushstrokes, layered imagery and elements of collage in his work. His body of work is characterised by shifts in style and form, starting with painting and moving to multi-media environments, sound and sculpture.

Click here to read more about Indian artist Chittrovanu Mazumdar.

Hema Upadhyay, 'Untitled', 2008, chemical prints, photographys and gouache, diptych, 36 x 36 cm each. Image courtesy Paradox.

Hema Upadhyay, 'Untitled', 2008, chemical prints, photographys and gouache, diptych, 36 x 36 cm each. Image courtesy Paradox.

Hema Upadhyay, 'Untitled', 2008, chemical prints, photography and gouache, diptych, 36 x 36 cm each. Image courtesy Paradox.

Hema Upadhyay, 'Untitled', 2008, chemical prints, photography and gouache, diptych, 36 x 36 cm each. Image courtesy Paradox.

Hema Upadhyay (born in 1972)


Upadhyay uses two media in her art, photography and painting. Her work is a personal chronicle about the individual perspective of a collective experience, migration and displacement. Upadhyay’s narrative speaks strongly of Mumbai (where she migrated to from Baroda), a crowded, busy and multi-cultural city Indians flock to in pursuit of employment and other aspirations.

Click here to read more about Indian artist Hema Upadhyay.

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