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Artworks that play hide and seek with streaks of light

Sculptures and paintings inspired by the play of light and space will be part of an upcoming exhibition in the city.

art and culture Updated: Mar 09, 2017 22:44 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
An artwork, Mosaic River in the Sky by Ankon Mitra, at the upcoming exhibition inspired by light.

When you enter a room, what’s the first thing you do? Switch on the light, and things invisible in darkness, start taking shape. Artworks have been designed at an upcoming group exhibition, And Then There IS Light…to explore the concept of light, which travels through infinity.

Sculptures shining bright in the yellow and blue light attract viewers. “The idea is to show how one can live with art, which isn’t restricted to the domain of a 4x4 canvas,” says Monica Jain, curator.

Artwork, Harmony, by Pooja Irrana.

The art show is also draws inspiration from the James Turrell light and space movement in the United States. “We live in a tropical country where there’s enough light yet people don’t get sufficient vitamin D. The hide and seek of light and the fascination with quantum physics made me ask artists to create these works,” adds Jain.

Among the exhibits by 10 artists, there is a sculpture made of leather by artist Ankon Mitra. There’s also a circle of acrylic boxes with light bulbs inside and reflective mirrors outside. It also includes Pooja Iranna’s sculptures – Harmony and The Twist – made of stapler pins. “I’m inspired by the architecture around me,” says Delhi-based Irrana, adding, “When you place these sculptures in specific light, there’s a play of shadow that they create.”

A painting by Bhartti Verma titled, Contemporary Adam & Eve.

Besides illuminated illustrations, artist Bhartti Verma showcases paintings that play with the light in her home. “The painting, Interminability, is made of pen on paper, and narrates an emotional story by focusing on interiors in the light and dark,” says Verma, whose canvases have a calming effect on the viewer.

  • What: And Then There IS Light…
  • Where: Art Centric Space, Jain Farm, Vasant Kunj
  • When: Till March 31
  • Timings: 11am to 8pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Chhattarpur on Yellow Line

First Published: Feb 27, 2017 09:20 IST