Group show of artists from Bangalore

KHOJ International Artists Association in collaboration with Sakshi Gallery...
Group show
KHOJ Studios, New Delhi
Thursday, 29 January 2004

KHOJ International Artists Association in collaboration with Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai hosted the first group show by artists based in South India at the KHOJ Studios.

The Participating artists:

  • Surekha
  • Tallur L.N.
  • A.Balasubramanium
  • Prashant Soni
  • Ranjani Shettar

The production of art is done outside a gallery in the private premises of ones worktables, and artists usually show in a gallery. The Khoj workshops have explored workspaces in contexts that are site specific as well as studio based. Opening the studios to practitioners as alternative spaces to explore, to question and exhibit, Khoj in collaboration with Sakshi Gallery hosted this exhibition of artist's from the South of India.

The contextual intentions here in the show were open ended and the sensibilities at work were diverse. Except for Prashant Soni all the artists had been through the Khoj workshops, and it was particularly interesting to see the expanding visual vocabularies clearly engaging with exhibition spaces.

L.N. Tallur and A. Balasubramanium mocked these premises by installing objects that were a witty tongue-in-cheek comment on our desire to experience the art object as one that promises the hope of demystifying the layering of the high art aesthetic experience.

Surekha's collaborative video installation, explored the intimate act of sewing together shared stories to make the space about the space, communicating a personal moment to the public gaze. Ranjani derives her S-shaped wax-thread sculpture-installation from such diverse sources as music, rosary beads and the abacus. Displacing notions of the art object by not framing a drawing of a towel Prashant wrote about the works . I have entered into a process of drawing it and drawing from it.