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RANJANI SHETTAR

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Tuntoroo, 2014 (detail)

Hand-molded wax, cotton thread, wooden beads and pigments

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.

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Ranjani Shettar’s works have been the subject of several museum exhibitions including solo presentations at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), New York; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA); The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, MA; The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX; National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) , Melbourne, Australia and at Hermes Fondation, Singapore. Her works have also been featured in exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY; Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi; 5th Moscow Biennale; 10th Liverpool Biennial; 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, PA; 9th Lyon Biennial, France; 8th Sharjah Biennial; 15th Sydney Biennale; Artpace, Texas; Cartier Fondation, Paris; Wexner Center, OH and The Walker Art Center, MN.  In 2012 in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York the artist created a limited-edition project, Varsha. Ranjani Shettar lives and works in Karnataka, India.

Selected Works

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Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles, 2007-2008

Stainless steel, muslin cloth, tamarind kernel powder paste, lacquer

192" x 288" 168"

From under and above, 2018-2019

Teak wood

76" x 24" x 48"

Peppercorn, 2018

Teak wood and lacquered wood

23 1/2” x 24” x 3 1/2”

Seven ponds and a few raindrops, 2017

Stainless steel, dyed muslin, tamarind seed powder paste

Meandering lines, searching rivers, 2017

Walnut wood

120 1/4” x 345” x 2 3/4” 

Honeysuckle and Mercury in a Thick Midnight Plot, 2016

Rosewood, teak wood and stainless steel

90" x 112" x 21"

Lattice, 2016

Stainless steel, dyed muslin fabric and tamarind kernel paste

39” x 4"

Tuntoroo, 2014

Hand-molded wax, cotton thread, wooden beads and pigments

131" x 188" x 135"

Between the sky and earth, 2013 -14

Teakwood (in 6 parts)

Largest dimensions: 55" x 16" x 6"

Smallest dimensions: 28" x 15" x 17"

Tendu, 2013-2014

Walnut wood

118 3/4" x 68 1/2" x 24"

Torque, 2013

Rosewood

18" x 97" x 13"

High tide for a blue moon, 2012

Coffe plant and automobile paint

91" x 128"

Aureole, 2010

Cast Bronze

Harp, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, and wood

46" x 33" x 6 1/4"

Liquid Walk on my Wall, 2008

Carved Burmese teak wood, wax polish and lacquered wood

Fire in the Belly, 2007

Wood, automobile paint, stainless steel, and fishline

120" x 156" x 138"

 

Just a bit more, 2006

Hand-molded beeswax, pigments, and thread dyed in tea

288" x 432" x 144"

Heliotropes, 2005-11

Vulcanized Latex, cotton thread and steel

85" x 168"

Vasanta, 2004

Beeswax, pigments, tea dyed strings

288" x 155"

IN BLOOM, 2004

Wooden lacquered beads, glass beads, strings, fishing line

96" x 84"

Transitions, 2003

Neem wood, silicone, fish line, gulagangi seeds

39" x 60" x 36"

Flow Into Me, 2000

PVC pipe, steel wire

42" x 96" x 18"

Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles, 2007-2008

Stainless steel, muslin cloth, tamarind kernel powder paste, lacquer

192" x 288" 168"

From under and above, 2018-2019

Teak wood

76" x 24" x 48"

Peppercorn, 2018

Teak wood and lacquered wood

23 1/2” x 24” x 3 1/2”

Seven ponds and a few raindrops, 2017

Stainless steel, dyed muslin, tamarind seed powder paste

Meandering lines, searching rivers, 2017

Walnut wood

120 1/4” x 345” x 2 3/4” 

Honeysuckle and Mercury in a Thick Midnight Plot, 2016

Rosewood, teak wood and stainless steel

90" x 112" x 21"

Lattice, 2016

Stainless steel, dyed muslin fabric and tamarind kernel paste

39” x 4"

Tuntoroo, 2014

Hand-molded wax, cotton thread, wooden beads and pigments

131" x 188" x 135"

Between the sky and earth, 2013 -14

Teakwood (in 6 parts)

Largest dimensions: 55" x 16" x 6"

Smallest dimensions: 28" x 15" x 17"

Tendu, 2013-2014

Walnut wood

118 3/4" x 68 1/2" x 24"

Torque, 2013

Rosewood

18" x 97" x 13"

High tide for a blue moon, 2012

Coffe plant and automobile paint

91" x 128"

Aureole, 2010

Cast Bronze

Harp, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, and wood

46" x 33" x 6 1/4"

Liquid Walk on my Wall, 2008

Carved Burmese teak wood, wax polish and lacquered wood

Fire in the Belly, 2007

Wood, automobile paint, stainless steel, and fishline

120" x 156" x 138"

 

Just a bit more, 2006

Hand-molded beeswax, pigments, and thread dyed in tea

288" x 432" x 144"

Heliotropes, 2005-11

Vulcanized Latex, cotton thread and steel

85" x 168"

Vasanta, 2004

Beeswax, pigments, tea dyed strings

288" x 155"

IN BLOOM, 2004

Wooden lacquered beads, glass beads, strings, fishing line

96" x 84"

Transitions, 2003

Neem wood, silicone, fish line, gulagangi seeds

39" x 60" x 36"

Flow Into Me, 2000

PVC pipe, steel wire

42" x 96" x 18"

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