April 23, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015
As the viewer hesitantly adjusts to this discomfiting arrangement,they begin to pick out carefully constructed details. Temples and mosques, few high-rise towers amid a swarm of small dwellings, a wired meshwork of street lamps, and TV antennas inhabit this space, lending a sober beauty to the squalor.
These set of drawings are among the first that Viswanadhan did after moving to Paris in 1968. A prismatic relay of images register iconic structures from all over the world, caught as if in passing. The Eiffel Tower, the Egyptian Pyramids, the filtering of light through the Rose Window, and other architectural fragments of the Notre-Dame are presented like fleeting glimpses of things seen on a highway as they rush past.
Taking the viewer to different levels and intermittently halting at certain points, the elevator constructs a dizzying illusion of being on a city ride traversing diverse social strata and hierarchies, whislt simultaneously bringing horizontal and vertical structures of the city into a complex dialogue.
Noemie Goudal questions the limits of the real and the fantastic through her work, often creating alternative landscapes by using the most ordinary elements. The perspective plays a pivotal role in her works. She constructs ‘make believe’ environments, with large scale paper backdrops, which she places within a landscape, inviting the viewer to enter both the space as well as the narrative.
Anish Kapoor presents us with an acrylic cube that resembles a frozen model of the Big Bang (the cosmological archetype for the creation of the universe) or just an exploding globule, in an acrylic paperweight, creating an illusory third space. The air bubbles trapped inside the cube make the invisible empty space visible, and the refracted light seems to create an impression of shifting floors and and moving walls.
Curated by: Roobina Karode
Text copyright (2015) Curatorial Team, Kiran Nadar Musuem of Art
Image copyright (2015), the Artists and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi