“Ranjani Shettar, a young Indian artist based in Bangalore, makes her New York solo debut with this two-sculpture show, and it's a beauty..... With so much going on, it's little wonder that Ms. Shettar's work, so opulent in its modesty, has already gained attention.”
New York Times
Talwar Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of new installations by Ranjani Shettar. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the U.S. On view are two gentle and intimately constructed yet striking and compelling new installations. Vasanta is a cosmic curtain woven with thousands of handrolled beeswax nodes that connect a vast web of dyed strings. The installation suspended from the ceiling with rhythmic yellow and green buds symbolizes the transition from winter to spring, rural to urban, organic to the manufactured. In Bloom is a luscious composition, laden with a bounty of red lacquered beads with inlays of glass celebrating the indulgence of the material while blossoming from the more spiritual and peaceful intensity of Vasanta.
Employing organic materials invested with tradition and history, Ranjani Shettar creates multidimensional works that bring forth the metaphysical attributes of residing within a changing physical environment. She exposes the permeability of the often-distinct thresholds between craft and art, tradition and modernity, the physical and the spiritual while transforming the simple and mundane into the magical. According to Douglas Fogle at the Walker Art Center, “The organic qualities of Shettar’s work might be profitably read in the art-historical contexts of Arte Povera artist Marisa Merz, postminimalist sculptors of the same period such as Eva Hesse, Brazilian Neo-concrete artist Lygia Clark, or Argentinean artist Gego…Each structure invokes a shelter that is poetically suggestive of our oneiric ability to invest spaces with our own desires and phenomenological memories.” As the Artist herself suggests, “Home is the body. The body is not the physical alone but the mental, emotional and the spiritual.”