'Spiritual Sojourn' an exhibition of paintings & installations by Shridhar Iyer at Art Bull Art Gallery & Auction House, F-213, C, First Floor, (SIS Building), Lado Sarai > 2nd May to 20th June 2014

Time : 
2nd May : 6:30 pm - Opening
3rd May to 20th June : 11:00 am - 7:00 pm Add to Calendar 03-05-2014 11:00:00 20-06-2014 19:00:00 68 'Spiritual Sojourn' an exhibition of paintings & installations by Shridhar Iyer Event Page : http://goo.gl/qKguoA Art Bull Art Gallery & Auction House, F-213, C, First Floor, (SIS Building), Lado Sarai, New Delhi – 110030 DD/MM/YYYY

Entry : Free

Place : Art Bull Art Gallery & Auction House, F-213, C, First Floor, (SIS Building), Lado Sarai, New Delhi – 110030
Venue Info : artbullindia.com | Nearest Metro Station - 'Saket(Yellow Line)'

Event Description : "Spiritual Sojourn" paintings and installations by Shridhar Iyer

Organic installations,coir coats,canvasses and paper works form the solo show of Shridhar Iyer the disciple of J.Swaminathan India's abstract guru who set up Bharat Bhavan Bhopal.

Iyer's works illustrate the range of approaches — from gestural to minimal, from chromatic to structural, from the expressionist exuberance of one age to the organic purity — that characterizes modern abstract art in general. Perhaps a closer scrutiny of this work and many others reflects wisdom, fortitude and spiritual fervour.
For Iyer abstraction goes beyond the merely visual, and the aesthetic impact is heightened by the use of a flattened cubist space to tilt the pathology of perspective upward, as if it were about to spill out of the picture into the real world. Two videos with cosmic grooves and the khus installations are the highlight of this show by one of India's finest abstractionists who believes art is a pilgrim's journey.
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Shridhar Iyer is known as a pilgrim in search of the intangible. A silent vibration of a mantra emanates from his countenance and you think of discipline, simplicity and devout absorption that transcends the frontiers of experience to give us a moving moment. His photographs on his FB profile clearly unravel a quest for something that is not merely temporary but something that is ephemeral and indeed incandescent in its deeply tenured terrain. His paintings are Pollockian canvasses that are indeed  not spectacularly beautiful—but they are indepth conversations about the spiritual leanings that are specifically sited within the compartments of his interior journey.
He comes to the ART BULL space 2 weeks before his show and carries a large coir matte looking piece that looks more like a makeshift rectangular piece of meshed netting. He starts talking in his minimalist mutterings: “I have always  thought  long and deeply about  space and I imagine I would like to make something that I can carry and keep because my experience comes from my journey. So, coincidentally and perfectly, I’m very happy that I am showing after a span of 5 years and in these 5 years I have had many journeys. I think art is something that comes with one’s own feelings and every time I create its about the penetration of my mind into the satisfaction of what I create. This coir piece is actually also about the supple little chants that we keep chanting when we build our own cloud of concentration. Its also about the journey of the coconut and man uses it for his own convenience. I have also written about how the coconut feels as it is taken on its journeys. This journey is about that solitary passage of time.”
In a quixotic way this fibrous coir installation is actually a subversion of thought of the whole cycle of the devotees multiple journeys that transcend time. The second set of installations are like cylindrical earthy meshed creations that seem to fill the spaces of the gallery almost like fiber pillars. Though it is sculptural, it doesn’t remain static because it’s a pliable material of dancing strands that the public, will inevitably want to touch and feel for its tenor of earthy tactility. The two coats made of coir have a certain fragile grace about them as much as their humble strength.

Tactility is central to Shridhar’s works. When I mention it he says: “ Yes it is the beginning and the end of the journeys that I take. After all my journey isn’t only going to a place of pilgrimage or Hrishikesh, Kumbh, Gangotri or any other place-it is also the journey that I  carry in my mind after I have brought back materials to the studio. I want the desire to touch and the desire to breathe through creativity to be very much alive. I think that feeling  is important, the wanting: the desire to hold it in my  hands, to be friends with the coir –the khus, to see if it  has that earthy fragrance, or if it’s compatible to my idea of  existence, and in what way it sustains my ideas and notions of creating art for the moment-art that is transitory. I thought of the principle of Yog Maya. Its like at a temple   the central pillar - certain areas where people have touched over and over and over again are shinier than other areas? I think that’s wonderful. You can look at— pattern of wanting and an expression of what is unsaid but felt. So the material is vital as I create these pillars of  inquiry with the khus-but at the same time it has a quality of being porous and supple.”
The installations when added with the finished products like clothes/coat then take on another facet because it is born of a memory. When manipulating, pushing, pulling, and compacting the khus or the coir it retains its form— most materials don’t often do this. In many ways we realize that some materials have a memory, others don’t. And this brings us to the organic nature of the materials used. The intriguing part of this entire construction is that Shridhar is still figuring out what it can do because this is all part of a transitory journey. In the journey of what is partially doing and reconfiguring is that the artist becomes a veritable spinner who has created his own signature of techniques and sensibilities with a lot of effort. Everything has been brought to a certain stage and you can sense a releasing of the tension, in which there is a selective creation of the artist’s personal version. Shridhar works with three different entities of materiality to evolve this crucial construct. While the first seems lucid and simple these installations are filled with multiple dimensions and great depth of thoughts.
The installations then showcase an incredible range of humble organic materials that Shridhar has  experimented with over the years. Interestingly both coir and khus  stand up by itself actually .We  are made to  realize that it has so much internal stiffness and that when you cross the fibres at right/oblique  angles they lock and hold and create an intricate mesh that almost looks like a natural carpeted tapestry of sorts.
These organic installations have a karmic echo-they signify two roles of the artist in question. The artist is active: and in the front, he is aware of himself in his orbit of consciousness. There may be many people around him-maybe multitudes, but you don’t see them. They’re unaware of what’s happening within the artist but it is the evanescent feeling and emotion that feeds him something. In these installations vibrations ply back and forth-what ensues is multiple sensory images but the resultant view is very minimal, but it’s enough to enable you to develop your thoughts. The installations reflect the multiplicity of ideations and expressions in the spirit that are there all the time but they also unravel as nuances  seen  as façades.

In his own journey Shridhar’s always curious about what is going on behind the façade of devotion and the bhakti. Its as if he his journey is one in which he is also continuously searching-questing for what is deeper and mysteriously moored.
Travelling and watching people in so many different places is interesting because at the first sight, the first encounter, it’s like a film or a photograph, so how do you go into it? It’s by walking with people that you gain access to multiple layers of meaning and learn, like ethnographers, or archeologists or biographers.

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'Spiritual Sojourn' an exhibition of paintings & installations by Shridhar Iyer at Art Bull Art Gallery & Auction House, F-213, C, First Floor, (SIS Building), Lado Sarai > 2nd May to 20th June 2014 'Spiritual Sojourn' an exhibition of paintings & installations by Shridhar Iyer at Art Bull Art Gallery & Auction House, F-213, C, First Floor, (SIS Building), Lado Sarai > 2nd May to 20th June 2014 Reviewed by Delhi Events on Friday, June 20, 2014 Rating: 5

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