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RANJANI SHETTAR

“Nature’s beauty is ever present, art helps to uncover, perceive and appreciate it.”

Ranjani Shettar

Ranjani Shettar - Artists - Talwar Gallery

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.

“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.”

Catherine deZegher

“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.”

Philippe Vergne

“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.”

Helen Molesworth

“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.”
ARTFORUM
 

╩║Shettar has the ability to infuse inert materials with life. ╩║
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 - Artists - Talwar Gallery

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; 5th Moscow Biennale; 10th Liverpool Biennial, UK; 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, PA; 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.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles, 2007-2008

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

192" x 288" 168"
Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles (Detail)
Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles
Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles (Detail)
Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles
Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles, 2007-2008

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

192" x 288" 168"

Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles, 2007-2008

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

192" x 288" 168"

Adagio, 2021
Teak wood
28.5" x 104" x 20.50"
Adagio (Detail)
Adagio
Adagio (Detail)
Adagio, 2021
Teak wood
28.5" x 104" x 20.50"

Adagio, 2021
Teak wood
28.5" x 104" x 20.50"

From under and above, 2018-2019

Teak wood

76" x 24" x 48"
From under and above
From under and above (Detail)
From under and above
From under and above, 2018-2019

Teak wood

76" x 24" x 48"

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”
Peppercorn (Detail)
Peppercorn, 2018

Teak wood and lacquered wood

23 1/2” x 24” x 3 1/2”

Peppercorn, 2018

Teak wood and lacquered wood

23 1/2” x 24” x 3 1/2”

Counterpoint, 2018

Reclaimed teak wood 

106 1/2” x 39 1/2” x 30” 
Counterpoint (Detail)
Counterpoint, 2018
Counterpoint, 2018

Reclaimed teak wood 

106 1/2” x 39 1/2” x 30” 

Counterpoint, 2018

Reclaimed teak wood 

106 1/2” x 39 1/2” x 30” 

Seven ponds and a few raindrops, 2017

Stainless steel, dyed muslin, tamarind seed powder paste
Seven ponds and a few raindrops
Seven ponds and a few raindrops (Detail)
Seven ponds and a few raindrops (Detail)
Seven ponds and a few raindrops (Detail)
Seven ponds and a few raindrops, 2017

Stainless steel, dyed muslin, tamarind seed powder paste

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” 
Meandering lines, searching rivers
Meandering lines, searching rivers (Detail)
Meandering lines, searching rivers, 2017

Walnut wood

120 1/4” x 345” x 2 3/4” 

Meandering lines, searching rivers, 2017

Walnut wood

120 1/4” x 345” x 2 3/4” 

Bubble trap and a double bow, 2016

Walnut wood and paint

38" x 111''
Bubble trap and a double bow (detail)
Bubble trap and a double bow, 2016

Walnut wood and paint

38" x 111''

Bubble trap and a double bow, 2016

Walnut wood and paint

38" x 111''

Honeysuckle and Mercury in a Thick Midnight Plot, 2016

Rosewood, teak wood and stainless steel

90" x 112" x 21"
Honeysuckle and mercury in a thick midnight plot
Honeysuckle and mercury in a thick midnight plot
Honeysuckle and Mercury in a Thick Midnight Plot, 2016

Rosewood, teak wood and stainless steel

90" x 112" x 21"

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"
Lattice (Detail)
Lattice, 2016

Stainless steel, dyed muslin fabric and tamarind kernel paste

39” x 4"

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"
Tuntoroo (Detail)
Tuntoroo (Detail)
Tuntoroo, 2014

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

131" x 188" x 135"

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"
Between the sky and earth (Detail)
Between the sky and earth (Detail)
Between the sky and earth (Detail)
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"

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"
Tendu
Tendu (Detail)
Tendu (Detail)
Tendu, 2013-2014

Walnut wood

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

Tendu, 2013-2014

Walnut wood

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

Torque, 2013

Rosewood

18" x 97" x 13"
Torque
Torque, 2013

Rosewood

18" x 97" x 13"

Torque, 2013

Rosewood

18" x 97" x 13"

High tide for a blue moon, 2012

Coffe plant and automobile paint

91" x 128"
High tide for a blue moon
High tide for a blue moon (Detail)
High tide for a blue moon, 2012

Coffe plant and automobile paint

91" x 128"

High tide for a blue moon, 2012

Coffe plant and automobile paint

91" x 128"

Remanence from last night's dream, 2011-16

Rosewood, lacquered wood and pigments

72” x 50" x 35”
Remanence from last night's dream (Detail)
Remanence from last night's dream, 2011-16

Rosewood, lacquered wood and pigments

72” x 50" x 35”

Remanence from last night's dream, 2011-16

Rosewood, lacquered wood and pigments

72” x 50" x 35”

Aureole, 2010

Cast Bronze
Aureole
Aureole (Detail)
Aureole (Detail)
Aureole

Installation View at the Liverpool Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2010
Aureole (Detail)
Aureole (Detail)
Aureole (Detail)
Aureole, 2010

Cast Bronze

Aureole, 2010

Cast Bronze

Harp, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, and wood

46" x 33" x 6 1/4"
Harp (Detail)
Harp, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, and wood

46" x 33" x 6 1/4"

Harp, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, and wood

46" x 33" x 6 1/4"

Sing along, 2008-2009
Muslin dyed in kasimi, tamarind kernel paste, shellac, stainless steel
202″ x 318″ x 491″
Sing along (Detail)
Sing along (Detail)
Sing along (Detail)
Sing along (Detail)
Sing along, 2008-2009
Muslin dyed in kasimi, tamarind kernel paste, shellac, stainless steel
202″ x 318″ x 491″

Sing along, 2008-2009
Muslin dyed in kasimi, tamarind kernel paste, shellac, stainless steel
202″ x 318″ x 491″

Liquid Walk on my Wall, 2008

Carved Burmese teak wood, wax polish and lacquered wood
Liquid Walk on my Wall (Detail)
Liquid Walk on my Wall (Detail)
Liquid Walk on my Wall, 2008

Carved Burmese teak wood, wax polish and lacquered wood

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"

 
Fire in the Belly (Detail)
Fire in the Belly (Detail)
Fire in the Belly (Detail)
Fire in the Belly, 2007

Wood, automobile paint, stainless steel, and fishline

120" x 156" x 138"

 

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"
Just a bit more
Just a bit more (Detail)
Just a bit more, 2006

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

288" x 432" x 144"

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"
Heliotropes (Detail)
Heliotropes (Detail)
Heliotropes (Detail)
Heliotropes, 2005-11

Vulcanized Latex, cotton thread and steel

85" x 168"

Heliotropes, 2005-11

Vulcanized Latex, cotton thread and steel

85" x 168"

Vasanta, 2004

Beeswax, pigments, tea dyed strings

288" x 155"
Vasanta
Vasanta (Detail)
Vasanta (Detail)
Vasanta, 2004

Beeswax, pigments, tea dyed strings

288" x 155"

Vasanta, 2004

Beeswax, pigments, tea dyed strings

288" x 155"

IN BLOOM, 2004

Wooden lacquered beads, glass beads, strings, fishing line

96" x 84"
IN BLOOM (Detail)
IN BLOOM (Detail)
IN BLOOM
IN BLOOM, 2004

Wooden lacquered beads, glass beads, strings, fishing line

96" x 84"

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"
Transitions (Detail)
Transitions, 2003

Neem wood, silicone, fish line, gulagangi seeds

39" x 60" x 36"

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"
Flow Into Me (Detail)
Flow Into Me, 2000

PVC pipe, steel wire

42" x 96" x 18"

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"

Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles, 2007-2008

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

192" x 288" 168"

Adagio, 2021
Teak wood
28.5" x 104" x 20.50"

Adagio, 2021
Teak wood
28.5" x 104" x 20.50"

From under and above, 2018-2019

Teak wood

76" x 24" x 48"

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”

Peppercorn, 2018

Teak wood and lacquered wood

23 1/2” x 24” x 3 1/2”

Counterpoint, 2018

Reclaimed teak wood 

106 1/2” x 39 1/2” x 30” 

Counterpoint, 2018

Reclaimed teak wood 

106 1/2” x 39 1/2” x 30” 

Seven ponds and a few raindrops, 2017

Stainless steel, dyed muslin, tamarind seed powder paste

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” 

Meandering lines, searching rivers, 2017

Walnut wood

120 1/4” x 345” x 2 3/4” 

Bubble trap and a double bow, 2016

Walnut wood and paint

38" x 111''

Bubble trap and a double bow, 2016

Walnut wood and paint

38" x 111''

Honeysuckle and Mercury in a Thick Midnight Plot, 2016

Rosewood, teak wood and stainless steel

90" x 112" x 21"

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"

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"

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"

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"

Tendu, 2013-2014

Walnut wood

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

Torque, 2013

Rosewood

18" x 97" x 13"

Torque, 2013

Rosewood

18" x 97" x 13"

High tide for a blue moon, 2012

Coffe plant and automobile paint

91" x 128"

High tide for a blue moon, 2012

Coffe plant and automobile paint

91" x 128"

Remanence from last night's dream, 2011-16

Rosewood, lacquered wood and pigments

72” x 50" x 35”

Remanence from last night's dream, 2011-16

Rosewood, lacquered wood and pigments

72” x 50" x 35”

Aureole, 2010

Cast Bronze

Aureole, 2010

Cast Bronze

Harp, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, and wood

46" x 33" x 6 1/4"

Harp, 2009

Stainless steel, muslin, tamarind kernel, and wood

46" x 33" x 6 1/4"

Sing along, 2008-2009
Muslin dyed in kasimi, tamarind kernel paste, shellac, stainless steel
202″ x 318″ x 491″

Sing along, 2008-2009
Muslin dyed in kasimi, tamarind kernel paste, shellac, stainless steel
202″ x 318″ x 491″

Liquid Walk on my Wall, 2008

Carved Burmese teak wood, wax polish and lacquered wood

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"

 

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"

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"

Heliotropes, 2005-11

Vulcanized Latex, cotton thread and steel

85" x 168"

Vasanta, 2004

Beeswax, pigments, tea dyed strings

288" x 155"

Vasanta, 2004

Beeswax, pigments, tea dyed strings

288" x 155"

IN BLOOM, 2004

Wooden lacquered beads, glass beads, strings, fishing line

96" x 84"

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"

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"

Flow Into Me, 2000

PVC pipe, steel wire

42" x 96" x 18"

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