Broken art

Acclaimed contemporary artist Sudarshan Shetty opens his solo show in the Capital after a gap of 10 years, and strings together lost and found memories. The exhibition includes large-scale wooden sculptures, mixed-media pieces and a video.

art and culture Updated: Jan 10, 2014 19:27 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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Subjects like mortality, sense of loss and broken ­structures find space in artist Sudarshan Shetty’s latest show in the Capital. Diversified materials such as recycled wood and ceramic are juxtaposed to create familiar objects that generate a sense of memory, lost or found over a period of time. Titled, ‘Every broken moment, piece by piece’, the exhibition includes large-scale wooden sculptures, mixed-media pieces and a video.

“Something broken can’t be mended, but I am trying to mend these objects with a different material. The piece is never going to be the same, neither the experience it provided, but it’s a form that can be reworked and reused. That’s precisely what the exhibition is all about – fighting the ­concept of linearity,” says Shetty.

Another interesting aspect to the exhibition is the video, titled, ‘Waiting for others to arrive’. Explaining the work, Shetty, says, “We are conditioned to watch ­cinema in a certain way – a linear time frame that tells us a story. But here, I am trying to break that mode.” Divided into three ­different shots, the movie runs the same scene in three different frames shot from the same ­camera angel. Objects fade in and out, providing a sense of past, present and future within the same space.

Talking about his initial days as an artist, Shetty, says, “We had a very liberal environment at home. My father was an artist himself, a Yakshagana performer. So when I decided to take up art, no eyebrows were raised.” What was contradictory though was the fact that Shetty’s father belonged to an age-old tradition of dance and theatre and he himself was a student of western art history. “Recently, I have constantly and consciously started thinking about this contrast and I am ­trying to find a negotiation point between the two,” says the Mumbai-based artist.

Interestingly, Shetty’s show, which will open tomorrow at Gallery Ske, coincides with the sixth edition of the India Art Fair scheduled to take place in the Capital on January 30. Sharing his views on the fair, Shetty adds, “Fairs have a huge function, they feed the well-being of the art world. But on the same hand, they need some critical disclosure, which I don’t think is happening right now. We are young and have just begun, so I am hoping it will happen in the coming years.”

Catch it live
What: Every broken moment, piece by piece, an art show
Where: Gallery Ske, Shivam House, 14-F, Middle Circle, Connaught Place
Timings: 11 am to 7 pm On till: March 2
Nearest metro ­station: Rajeev Chowk on the Yellow Line

First Published: Jan 10, 2014 19:25 IST