“Nature’s beauty is ever present, art helps to uncover, perceive and appreciate it.”
Ranjani’s works speak with their own unique and elegant language. Refusing to be placed in any preexisting category or a singular viewpoint they seem to emanate a latent force, transforming any place they inhabit. Given the scale and magnitude of their effect, Ranjani’s works often begin in small and surprisingly simple ways—emerging most often from her interest in her materials. Shettar forges a relationship with her materials through sustained contact and proximity. Wood is carved entirely by hand, aided by the simplest tools, allowing for the slow revelation of its hidden possibilities. Motivated by processes that allow this kind of close involvement, her engagement exposes the permeability of the often-distinct thresholds between craft and art, tradition and modernity, the physical and the spiritual, while transforming the simple and mundane into the magical.
“Although Shettar’s abstract sculptures are resonant of more familiar traditions of Western modernist and minimalist sculpture, they are distinctive due to the careful interplay of technique and materials, mostly drawn from local sources.”
Shanay Jhaveri, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Referring to nature and using organic materials, Shettar, like Gego and Agnes Martin, has an understanding of the woven grid of textuality: contained in the all-encompassing net is nothing less than the entire universe.”
“The driving force behind Ranjani Shettar’s work is a poetics of space. Whether destined for public, private, or even intimate settings, her art take account of the physical-almost molecular, organic-and emotional nature of the space in question.”
“Shettar’s installations offer moments to reflect on what it means to be connected to something, whether that connection occurs between human beings and the natural landscape, individual consciousness and cosmic awareness, or local traditions and global imperatives.”
“Ranjani’s work is not…an answer to issues in the minds of Western writers but constitutes its own delighted exploration of materials and space.”
ʺShettar has the ability to infuse inert materials with life. ʺ
ART IN AMERICA
“Shettar’s works resonates with an ephemeral beauty that is found in nature. The dynamic forms and texture seduce with their beauty.”
THE SUNDAY GUARDIAN
“The artist’s work…speaks elegiacally to environmental loss, to historic relationships with the earth…”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Ranjani Shettar’s works are in many prestigious museum collections and have been the subject of several solo presentations including at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (The MET) (2018), The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (2019), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2011), The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) (2009), The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (2008-9) and The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, MA (2008). Ranjani’s works have also been featured in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY; Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL; 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, PA; 5th Moscow Biennale; 10th Liverpool Biennial, UK; 9th Lyon Biennial, France; 8th Sharjah Biennial, UAE; 15th Sydney Biennale, Australia; Art Tower Mito, Japan, Artpace, Texas; Cartier Fondation, Paris; Sainsbury Center, UK; Hermes Fondation, Singapore; Wexner Center, OH; The Walker Art Center, MN; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. In collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York Shettar created a limited-edition project, Varsha and more recently was invited to create a special print for the MET 150, to commemorate The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary.
Ranjani Shettar (b. 1977 Bangalore, India) lives and works in Karnataka, India.
Currently, the Barbican Centre has Cloud songs on the horizon on view, Shettar’s first major institutional show in Europe featuring a series of new, large-scale suspended sculptures across the entirety of their Conservatory.