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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 solo presentations at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (The MET) (2018), The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (2019), The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) (2009); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2011); The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, MA (2008); The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (2008-9) and Hermes Fondation, Singapore (2011).  Ranjani’s works have also been featured in exhibitions at The 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); Art Tower Mito, Japan, Artpace, Texas (2006); Marian Goodman Gallery (2006), Cartier Fondation, Paris (2005); Sainsbury Center, UK (2005), Wexner Center, OH (2005), The Walker Art Center, MN (2003), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy (2003) and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (2003). In 2012 in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York the artist created a limited-edition project, Varsha.  Ranjani Shettar lives and works in Karnataka, India.

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"

Alwar Balasubramaniam and Ranjani Shettar
Alwar Balasubramaniam and Ranjani Shettar
Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century March 6 - September 12, 2021

The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, celebrates its centennial with Seeing Differently. The exhibition marks the first major celebration of the museum’s permanent collection in over 10 years and includes works by Paul Klee, Mondrian, Rothko, Pollock, Picasso, de Kooning, Calder, Jacob Lawrence and Ranjani Shettar amongst others...

Artforum
Artforum
Ranjani Shettar September 2018

The Indian Artist Ranjani Shettar first exhibited in the United States in 2003, just three years after getting her MFA in Bangalore, and has shown here steadily ever since.

The New York Times
The New York Times
Art in Review: Ranjani Shettar's 'Night skies and daydreams' September 11, 2014

One of Ranjani Shettar’s diaphanous, constellation-like sculptures of hand-molded wax beads and cotton thread, installed at the entrance to “On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century,” at the Museum of Modern Art, made a stellar introduction to that 2010 show.

The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
Ranjani Shettar: Night skies and daydreams August 30, 2014

With a population of over a billion people, a rising economy, and a rich visual culture, India is nevertheless underrepresented in what we call the "global art world." 

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