11 September - 01 October 2010
|© Arunkumar H.G.|
“Epigraph 1” (Hunger) 2010
7” high x 37” wide x 0.3” deep (18 x 94 x 0.75 cms)
September 11 - October 1, 2010
Opening on Saturday, September 11th, 2010
Nature Morte is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by the Delhi-based artist Arunkumar H.G. Continuing with many of the themes first explored in his previous solo show with Nature Morte (“Feed” 2006), the show is primarily composed of sculptures in a variety of forms and materials, with the addition of some photographic work and wall reliefs.
The works explore the concept of Land and all that it entails and elaborates upon: metaphors for the human and social bodies; questions of ownership and usage; the migration of rural populations to urban centers; environmental consciousness and abuse; the production and distribution of food and the resulting consequences of health, markets, real estate and waste management.
As stated by the independent curator and cultural activist Himanshu Desai in his essay which accompanies the exhibition:
“The word Tract is pertinent to many of Arun’s concerns including environment, land and body. Dictionary definitions of the word stand proof:
1. Geography: An expanse of land or water (pertinent to Arun’s upbringing in agricultural environs that make him question the very nature of land or water ownership).
2. Anatomy: A system of organs and tissues that together perform a specialized function: e.g. the alimentary tract, or a bundle of nerve fibers having a common origin, termination, and function (suggestive of Arun’s interest in the effects of consumerism on nutrition, health and environment).
3. Liturgy: An anthem consisting of verses of Scripture (analogous to Arun’s lament on the loss of ancient agrarian wisdom in the face of capitalism).
Tract has no single message and is in fact intended to offer multiple layers of speculation and discovery to the viewer, and although this manner of storytelling may induce a degree of ambiguity and unease, the very intention is simply to coax speculation and keep any or all sermonising at bay.”