Dis­coloured arte­facts colour can­vases

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - MY CITY -

Re­flec­tions of the old world charm of bro­ken, out-of-use arte­facts, painted on to can­vases with shades of the earth and rust, are on dis­play at an on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tion in the Cap­i­tal.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, ti­tled Un­earthly Rust, fea­tures 17 paint­ings by artist Yash­pal, who re­ceived his art train­ing from Chi­trakoot and Gwalior, two cities which, he says, have a rich “her­itage and an old, rus­tic feel”.

“I am fas­ci­nated with things that break, get dis­coloured, fall out of use. The walls in our homes get cracked, blem­ished. My work sur­rounds ev­ery­thing old,” Yash­pal says.

The 2018 Un­ti­tled work by the Delhi-based artist de­picts a vin­tage, wooden door, with its cop­per-brown colours drip­ping in trick­les.

Sev­eral other paint­ings have faint news­pa­per prints, muted colours and cracked walls, all adding to what Yash­pal calls his artis­tic re­search about old arte­facts.

“See­ing his work... feels as if old arte­facts, clocks, doors, bells, win­dows have dis­coloured and con­densed. They have been in con­nec­tion with oxy­gen and wa­ter for thou­sands of years that have caused mois­ture and cor­ro­sion to them and that has de­te­ri­o­rated ma­te­ri­als as a re­sult of the chem­i­cal re­ac­tions... tak­ing place among the dark brown, black, and rusty shades that Yash­pal puts on his pa­per,” the cu­ra­to­rial note on the solo show reads.

Dis­carded in real life, the arte­facts seem to get a new lease of life in Yash­pal’s works.

Two Un­ti­tled, Mix on pa­per, 2018 paint­ings, on dis­play at the ex­hi­bi­tion

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