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RANJANI SHETTAR

Night skies and daydreams

May 10 – October 4, 2014

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Flight of the butterfly, 2014 (detail)

On view are Ranjani Shettar’s sculptural installations which inhabit their spaces to create dreamlike landscapes that enfold and enchant. Smooth and metallic, like drops of molten liquid the forms merge into each other. Weightless and suspended in midair, despite their substantial size and carved from solid wood, they seem to tease the limits of gravity and matter. In another work employing fragments of coffee tree, Shettar appears to create a drawing in wood of an unruly line refusing to be tamed. Knotted and twisted, the intertwining form rises from the ground as though shaped by unpredictable forces of nature itself.  A tangible yet at times barely perceptible, intricate hand molded web with countless wax nodes hovers slightly above the floor and narrows while it ascends like a vortex, twisting and stretching out to the walls and the space in between. The tension and the energy infused in the structure are matched by the variance in color as it rises from reds to orange to yellows. Ranjani Shettar’s works command material and space that seem to challenge our perceptions and amplify our sensitivity to the environment. While gently yielding to their presence, these multi component works appear constantly on the verge of change, altering their relationship within the work, to its surroundings and of our experience.

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Tuntoroo, 2014 (detail)

Ranjani Shettar’s works have been the subject of several museum exhibitions including solos at The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, MA (2008); The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (2008-9); The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) (2009); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2011); Hermes Fondation, Singapore (2011) and BDL Museum, Mumbai, India (2012). Her works have also been featured in exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY (2010); Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi (2011, 2012, 2013), 5th Moscow Biennale (2013); 10th Liverpool Biennial, UK (2010); 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, PA (2008); 9th Lyon Biennial, France (2007); 8th Sharjah Biennial (2007); 15th Sydney Biennale, Australia (2006); Artpace, Texas (2006); Cartier Fondation, Paris (2005); Wexner Center, OH (2005) and The Walker Art Center, MN (2003). In 2012 in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York the artist created a limited edition project, Varsha.

Exhibition Views

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Flight of the butterfly, 2014

Coffee tree wood, automobile paint and stainless steel bolts

67” x 74” x 103"

Flight of the butterfly, 2014

Flight of the butterfly (detail)

Fire in the Belly, 2007

Acacia wood, automobile paint, fishing line and stainless steel beads

131” x 126” x 139” (Variable)

 

Fire in the Belly, 2007

Fire in the Belly (detail)

Fire in the Belly (detail)

Fire in the Belly (detail)

Fire in the Belly (detail)

Tuntoroo, 2014

Hand-molded wax beads, cotton thread, wooden beads and pigments

131" x 188" x 135"

Tuntoroo, 2014

Tuntoroo, 2014

Tuntoroo, 2014

Remanence from last night's dream, 2011

Carved rosewood, lacquered wood and pigments

42 1/2" x 4" x 4"

Flight of the butterfly, 2014

Coffee tree wood, automobile paint and stainless steel bolts

67” x 74” x 103"

Flight of the butterfly, 2014

Flight of the butterfly (detail)

Fire in the Belly, 2007

Acacia wood, automobile paint, fishing line and stainless steel beads

131” x 126” x 139” (Variable)

 

Fire in the Belly, 2007

Fire in the Belly (detail)

Fire in the Belly (detail)

Fire in the Belly (detail)

Fire in the Belly (detail)

Tuntoroo, 2014

Hand-molded wax beads, cotton thread, wooden beads and pigments

131" x 188" x 135"

Tuntoroo, 2014

Tuntoroo, 2014

Tuntoroo, 2014

Remanence from last night's dream, 2011

Carved rosewood, lacquered wood and pigments

42 1/2" x 4" x 4"

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RANJANI SHETTAR
Earth Songs for a Night Sky The Phillips Collection, Washington DC May 16 – August 25, 2019
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Seven ponds and a few raindrops The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York March 12 – September 16, 2018
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On and on it goes on Talwar Gallery, New York March 10 - August 17, 2018
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Bubble trap and a double bow Talwar Gallery, New Delhi February 1 - December 30, 2017
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Between the sky and earth Talwar Gallery, New Delhi January 29 – August 9, 2014
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Dewdrops and Sunshine National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia November 4, 2011 - February 26, 2012
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Present Continuous Talwar Gallery, New Delhi January 19 - December 24, 2011
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Talwar Gallery, New York October 2, 2009 - March 5, 2010
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Inaugural Rooftop Sculpture Garden San Francisco Museum of Modern Art March 21 - July 7, 2009
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New Work San Francisco Museum of Modern Art March 21 - July 7, 2009
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RANJANI SHETTAR
FOCUS Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth December 14, 2008 - February 8, 2009
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Momentum 10 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston March 19 - July 13, 2008
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Epiphanies Talwar Gallery, New Delhi October 27, 2007 - March 13, 2008
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RANJANI SHETTAR
The Indian Spring Talwar Gallery, New York June 5 - July 17, 2004
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Ranjani Shettar
The Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection
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Artforum
Artforum
Ranjani Shettar September 2018
The New York Times
The New York Times
Art in Review September 11, 2014
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Between the sky and earth 2018

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