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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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