All about layers
Indian contemporary artist Sunil Gawde encourages viewers to ‘see, not just look’ at the on-going exhibiton id–od and other dimensions...
ART opens a window of possibilities,
Re-experience, the mundane…
Art blurs cultural boundaries, while preserving the unique.
Art aids in developing multi-dimensional sensibilities,
Art connects human existence.
Art Is A rElECtIon oF HumAn lIFE.
Art fossilizes contemporary culture, Leaving behind footprints in the sands of time, For the ones after us...
Sunil Gawde is often found staring blankly, lost in deep thought, wondering. The idea of challenging reality and our perception of it has been a constant theme in Gawde’s work. What happens when we see and don’t just look? Is a question that Gawde tries to answer in this body of work.
‘Id-od’ is a term that is frequently used by engineers. As Gawde has been working on kinetic sculptures that require very detailed and precise engineering for over a decade, this term wasn’t alien to him. It stands for Inner Dimension and Outer Dimension. Since Gawde’s thoughts often revolve around perception v/s reality, magic v/s logic, inside v/s outside…The term ’Id-od’ made him feel immediately at home. It wAs lIkE inDInG A synonym For An IDEA tHAt HAs consumed his mind and work for most of his life.
A top can only spin round and round when it’s centre is stable and balanced…
A drop starts a ripple effect in water…
A tree starts with a seed and grows in various directions around the seed…
Without having the frame of reference of the CEntEr, It Is HArD to iGurE out tHE ExpAnsE oF ACtIon…
Without knowing the expanse of action, it is hard to inD tHE CEntEr…
The inner dimension starts the magic and the outer dimension helps us realise the magic.
Our perception of reality and reality itself would be far too overwhelming if we did not have a frame of reference.
This body of work consists of a series of visual haikus, which aim to challenge our ideas and beliefs of perception and reality. Gawde urges the viewers to meet him half way by trying to figure out the layers of deception in the artworks, all he asks is ‘see, don’t just look…what you think you see, might not be what is’.
On display are also some of the earlier works, which leads us or accentuates the vistas of his oeuvre. - Durga Gawde Sculptor and an Educator India
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Sunil Gawde is an Indian contemporary artist who has attracted considerable attention of the international art community. He was invited to participate in the Venice Biennale 2009. His works have been collected by National Gallery of Modern Art, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and Devi Art Foundation in India etc. He has long been focusing on the difference between reality and perception, as well as their connection and extension. He tends to express his inner self through sculptures, paintings, and kinetic installations that highlight the absurd, paradoxical, and contradictory nature of life with different sets of visually stimulating dualism such as, among other things, soft vs. hard, round vs. sharp, presence vs. absence, and sense vs. sensibility. Employing diverse materials and art forms though, the artist follows his consistent creative style that exudes an aura of clean and clear aesthetics. The materials for his artworks are primarily quotidian ready-mades such as light bulbs, windshield wipers, or magnifiers. Gawde tries to explore the most distinct possibilities of these ready-mades by analyzing their physical quality and size. He is an artist with poetic vision and skilled in building metaphorical tension when transforming the nature of objects. His artistic vocabulary transcends tHE ConinEs oF GEoGrApHIC rEGIons AnD CulturEs. It not only gets in line with the local context, but also its In wItH tHE IntErnAtIonAl trEnDs. HIs tECHnIquE of expression perfectly blends sense with sensibility, which not only brings a touch of humour and charm But Also EnCourAGEs pHIlosopHICAl rElECtIon. OPENING RECEPTION: Sept. 24, 6 – 9 pm EXHIBITION DATES: Sept. 25 to Nov. 20 1X1 Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai. Saturday to Thursday, 11am to 7pm
Sunil Gawde, From the series-Blind Bulbs etc.
Kinetic sculpture motorized mechanism mounted on powder coated ms plate, 5 transparent glasses, acrylic,30
Painted FRP and steel
Mirror finished and painted stainless steel