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An artist’s ode to art

art-and-culture Updated: Feb 10, 2011 14:15 IST
Amrah Ashraf
Amrah Ashraf
Hindustan Times
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‘Art is nothing and art is everything.’ That is how world renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor defines art. The man, who merges the horror of engineering with the beauty of sculpting to create master pieces, believes that fundamentally art is a very personal experience and cannot be made for others. So, what happens to the very crux of artist viewer relationship? What about the million stares or mere glances from the viewer?

We caught up with the artist at the 3rd India Art Summit to mull over the contextualization of his art work specifically and reflect on art and an artist in general.

What is your definition of art?

Everything and nothing is art. The struggle of an artist is to find a language that can speak to the million eyes. What is important here is that often that language is not in the most obvious places. It does not have a particular form or colour. It can be anywhere and can be found in the everyday.

Anish KapoorAs they say, art is open to interpretation and yet people are always trying to associate and rationalize a meaning to art. Where do you think the gap lies?

The problem is that objects have all kinds of layers and meanings. It is not limited to just one thing.

You were born in Mumbai? Does the city influence your artwork?

Mumbai does not influence my art in a direct way. Obviously, I have deep attachment with the city. After all, Mumbai is the most incredible, cosmopolitan amalgamation of horror and the opposite. And that sort of imbibes in an artist as well.

What are the internal predicaments of an artist with respect to the viewer?
I believe that anxiety is the biggest predicament of an artist. Often I am left wondering if I would be able to produce something new. I am very ambitious in life and am constantly searching for that one idea to lay its seed in my brain.

What objects excite you?
I’ve always been interested in quite exotic materials. Materials those are loud like mirrors, dark pigments, wax or oil. I keep coming back to exotic material.

Would you say your art oscillates between the known and the unknown?
Abstract art is rather interesting because it jumps between meaning and no meaning. At one place it may have some significance but at another place it may be absolutely banal. I am interested in that jump.

Your future projects?
As of now, I am working on the project for the Olympics in London.