Thursday, February 2, 2012

Balasubramaniam opens at Talwar, New Delhi

Detail Detail Detail Stone Waves (Detail)
Nothing From My
Hands (Detail)
Between Here and There (Detail)
Nothing From My Hands
C-84 Neeti Bagh New Delhi 110049

Talwar Gallery is delighted to present Nothing from My Hands, a solo exhibition of new sculptural installations by Alwar Balasubramaniam. The exhibition will open to the public on January 25 and run through April 27, 2012.

Balasubramaniam (aka Bala) continues his pursuit of bringing to form the formless and making us realize the potential of the hidden. “Nothing From My Hands” brings together two of Bala’s major conceptual pursuits. For over a decade the artist has been casting works using his own body and placing himself literally between the art and the viewer, negotiating the skin as an edge where one’s own individual physical self ends and everything else begins. Employing the cast from his hands, he materializes a form that exists only when the hands are clasped and ceases to exist when they are opened. However, by casting that space he has allowed us to view that which would not be visible directly. This casting method also enables the interior (between the hands) to become the exterior. As Bala remarks, “Our respect for material reality is more than that for the non material and non visible, we think of nothing as negative. I am attempting here to show even nothing is something beautiful.”
This conceptual pursuit is further explored in a new body of metal sculptures, created with an intricate lattice construction of lines, flowing gracefully with no apparent endings or beginnings, where the form merges onto itself, where there is no clear demarcation between the inside and outside, the self and the other, where both exists together as one.
Alwar Balasubramaniam was born in 1971 in Tamil Nadu, India. His works have been exhibited in institutions worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY (2010); Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (2010); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2008); Essl Museum, Austria (2009); 1st Singapore Biennale (2006); École des Beaux Arts, Paris, France (2005) and last year at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia. In 1999 he was an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Bala was the recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust Arts Fellowship Award in 1997, and in 2006 he was awarded the Sanskriti Award for Excellence in Visual Arts. In 2008 he was invited to teach in the Art Department at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Alwar Balasubramaniam lives and works in Bangalore, India. His work is currently on view through Spring of 2012 at The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.
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RUMMANA HUSSAIN Through February 25, 2012
ALSO ON VIEW Detail RANJANI SHETTAR Dewdrops and Sunshine @ National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia Through February 26, 2012 Crossing detail
A. BALASUBRAMANIAM Sk(in) @ The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, US Through April 2012
ALLAN deSOUZA The World Series @ SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA, US Through February 25, 2012 __________________________________ TALWAR GALLERY
108 East 16 Street New York , NY 10003 (212) 673 3096 T
C 84 Neeti Bagh New Delhi 110049 (011) 4605 0307 T

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