Space bound

first_imgCan art activate a building and stimulate a multi-sensory experience between the artwork and the structural form it occupies? At Khoj Studios, nine artistes have achieved in doing just that through an exhibition of on-site, multi-media works that explore light, colour, shape, size and unusual material within the white shell of the Khoj building.Titled Activating Space: A Sculptural Enquiry, the exhibition, including drawings, video, mixed media installation, mirrors, metal, and even shadows, commenced on April 23 and will be on till May 15. Activating Space is also a unique new program that departs from the specific, thematic orientation of most of the other residencies and exhibitions organised by Khoj. It invites sculptors, architects, visual artists and other creative practitioners to engage with the loose and accommodative rubric of site-specificity.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The participating artistes are Gagan Singh, Lleah Smith and James Gatt, Pooja Iranna, Priyamwada Singh, Samrudh Dixit, Sanket Jadia, Shaily Gupta and Henri Fanthome, Sikan Kumar Panda, and Teja Gavankar.“The project invites the most unusual, unique and bizarre materials into Khoj to permeate the exterior space and explore realms which otherwise can go by un-noticed. No interior studio or project space will be used in the installation of the exhibition,” says Promona Sengupta, Program Manager, Khoj.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSeven individual artistes and two art collectives use its pre-existing architecture/facade to sculpturally investigate the form and the site, to ignite a sense of discovery and wonder and to find an interesting dialogue between the two forms. Elements of exploration, disguise, and emphasis are all equally at play as artists are encouraged to explore the divisions of subtly and strength and harmony and contrast in the work and the building.Gagan Singh has made miniature size paper cut outs, mostly depicting himself in various situations, and placed these all over the Khoj staircase, railings and even walls. Lleah Smith and James Gatt are part of the art collective Dandelion which is an artist collective based in Sydney, Australia. Their work Oasis includes a staircase laden with paper flowers and plastic bags filled with coloured water scattered on the rooftop. Pooja Iranna has been working on the subject of architectural spaces for decades and is known not only for her watercolours, staple pin sculptures, photographical work but also videos. Her work is titled as Swaas. Priyamwada Singh’s work is a chime-like installation work at Khoj is titled Time Traces — A Sensory Experiential placed right at the entrance. Samrudh Dixit has worked nationally on trans-disciplinary innovation projects that have spanned product and space design through/to music, structural design and services. Her rooftop installation is titled Cede which is a canvas based canopy with nylon strings.Sanket Jadia’s work Identical Universe, Inverse Reality is a 16 by 16 feel wall made of 10 mirrors that reflects the entire Khoj building is an attempt to engage with the dynamics of the existing space and architecture. Architects Shaily Gupta and Henri Fanthome are working at Khoj together.They say, “The building of Khoj, in its present shape and form, and with its numerous stairs and landings, creates a spatial framework. Within the white walls, the stairs, the landings and with the tree – mixing the real with the imagined, the permanent, with the transient, the accessible with the inaccessible is the aim.”Sikan Kumar Panda is a Delhi-based visual artist and a graduate in printmaking from University of Hyderabad. He says about his thread sculptural work Invisible Ways. Teja Gavankar’s project is called Over Consuming which is a state of being occupied with many things.When: On till May 15Where: Khoj Studioslast_img

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