India Today - - LEISURE - — Latika Gupta

AWAY FROM, BUT NONETHE­LESS CAP­I­TAL­IS­ING ON the frenzy of the In­dia Art Fair this week, Tal­war Gallery is show­cas­ing the work of Ran­jani Shet­tar, whose sculp­tural in­stal­la­tions have gar­nered crit­i­cal ac­claim in con­nec­tion with shows at top in­ter­na­tional mu­se­ums such as the San Fran­cisco Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art. Un­like sev­eral of her con­tem­po­raries who also work in the field of ab­stract ex­pres­sion, Shet­tar looks to the nat­u­ral world, rather than the ur­ban, for her in­spi­ra­tion. Her sculp­tures have an or­ganic quality, both be­cause of their form and the ma­te­rial she uses to con­struct them— beeswax, veg­etable dyes and wood— and are de­void of or­na­men­ta­tion. The ti­tle of the ex­hi­bi­tion, Bub­ble Trap and a Dou­ble Bow, takes its name from a work that is em­blem­atic of Shet­tar’s com­mit­ment to re­tain­ing the qual­i­ties of her ma­te­ri­als— in this case, wood— while si­mul­ta­ne­ously in­cor­po­rat­ing a sense of move­ment that be­lies the so­lid­ity of the ma­te­rial. The show at Tal­war Gallery com­prises some 15 works of art by Shet­tar, which were com­pleted be­tween 2012 and 2017. The art­works range from solid ob­jects to im­mer­sive en­vi­ron­ments cre­ated us­ing suspended mo­bile sculp­tures made of fab­ric and wire, to com­plex in­stal­la­tions that are made of hun­dreds of in­di­vid­ual com­po­nents and wood­cut prints. One of her most in­ter­est­ing works of art is a 16- foot scroll that Shet­tar made while on a res­i­dency in Qatar. Dyed in henna, the im­agery on the scroll is printed us­ing wooden blocks and the ab­stract ‘ nar­ra­tive’ can only be viewed a por­tion at a time. The ex­hi­bi­tion will re­main open un­til the end of May, at Tal­war Gallery in Neeti Bagh, New Delhi.

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