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ALWAR BALASUBRAMANIAM

layers of wind, lines of time

January 28 - August 29, 2015

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Rise (detail), 2013  Fiberglass & acrylic  12” x 12”

 

In his latest work, Balasubramaniam, more commonly known as Bala, deepens his exploration of the natural forces around us. layers of wind, lines of time creates an environment of life-in-formation: forms receding into the depth of the walls, or stalactites seeming to grow spontaneously out of them.  Drawing on and collaborating with nature, Bala creates works from wood, stone and metal that seem indistinguishable from those formed over millennia in the natural environment. Partly an homage to nature, partly a challenge to create something of beauty and simplicity that may appear to be natural, here Bala’s hand is felt as much as seen, present in the ways it moves like the wind through the matter around it. Highlighting the stratified way the natural world is shaped over time, Bala builds his works gradually, by way of accumulation and condensation. His wind works, created over months, employ movements of air: terrains of deposited dust and pigment that become timescapes on canvas. Complex but unified, the lines and layers of Bala's work reveal the energies that, although imperceptible in any given instant, are constantly shaping and re-shaping the material world.

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Surge, 2013

Sandstone  47” x 23″ x 14”

Throughout his career, Bala has engaged with those forces we normally think of as peripheral – light, shadow, gravity – forces that nevertheless give form to our experience. Foregrounding the perceptual in his work, which often surprises or confounds, Bala playfully challenges viewers to question and ultimately expand the limits of their perception. Always more than meets the eye, each of his pieces is, as he says, “the trace of a thought,” evidence of the indelible marriage between form and idea. Bala’s work gives new weight to the tangible – weight at once symbolic, spiritual, and distinctly human. Alwar Balasubramaniam was born in 1971 in Tamil Nadu, India. His works have been featured in international exhibitions and institutions including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India; Essl Museum, Austria; École des Beaux Arts, Paris, France; 1st Singapore Biennale; and 18th Sydney Biennale. Bala has been a guest lecturer at the Art Department of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and a featured speaker at TED.

Exhibition Views

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Filings in the field, 2012

Rust, chalk, glue & acrylic on canvas

19” x 19”

Flux, 2013

Wood, plaster, glue, fiberglass & acrylic

32” x 24” x 7”

Flux (detail)

Dunes, 2012

Chalk, glue, acrylic & pigment

20” x 16” (each of 2)

Dunes, 2012

Dunes, 2012

Wind waves, 2012

Fiberglass and acrylic

51 3/4” x 43 1/2”

Wind waves (detail)

Layers of  wind, lines of time, 2013-14

Sandstone

30" x 27" x 20"

Layers of  wind, lines of time, 2013-14

Layers of wind, lines of time, 2013-14

Sandstone

35" x 31" x 21 1/2"

Layers of wind, lines of time, 2013-14

Layers of wind, lines of time, 2013-14

Rise, 2013

Fiberglass & acrylic

12” x 12”

Rise (detail)

Spill, 2013

Cast aluminum

Dimensions variable (In 3 parts)

Spill (detail)

Spill (detail)

In-conversation, 2014

Compressed wood, glue, pigment & lacquer

(In 2 parts)

Surge, 2013

Sandstone

47” x 23" x 14”

Surge, 2013

Here and there, 2015

Plywood & acrylic

24” x 24” x 13”

Here and there, 2015

Bloom, 2014

Burnt wood, pigment & lacquer

37” x 19” x 13 1/2”

Fragmented Conversation, 2015

Plaster of paris, watercolor, soot & pigment

25” x 32” x 4”

Fragmented Conversation (detail)

Fill, 2013

Fiberglass, metal, resin & graphite

49 1/2” x 19 1/2”

Groove, 2012

Cast aluminum

23 1/2” x 18 1/2”

Into One, 2011-14

Cast aluminum

72” x 48” x 42”

Into One, 2011-14

Into One, 2011-14

Into One (detail)

Grasps, 2012

Granite

Dimensions variable (In 3 parts)

Filings in the field, 2012

Rust, chalk, glue & acrylic on canvas

19” x 19”

Flux, 2013

Wood, plaster, glue, fiberglass & acrylic

32” x 24” x 7”

Flux (detail)

Dunes, 2012

Chalk, glue, acrylic & pigment

20” x 16” (each of 2)

Dunes, 2012

Dunes, 2012

Wind waves, 2012

Fiberglass and acrylic

51 3/4” x 43 1/2”

Wind waves (detail)

Layers of  wind, lines of time, 2013-14

Sandstone

30" x 27" x 20"

Layers of  wind, lines of time, 2013-14

Layers of wind, lines of time, 2013-14

Sandstone

35" x 31" x 21 1/2"

Layers of wind, lines of time, 2013-14

Layers of wind, lines of time, 2013-14

Rise, 2013

Fiberglass & acrylic

12” x 12”

Rise (detail)

Spill, 2013

Cast aluminum

Dimensions variable (In 3 parts)

Spill (detail)

Spill (detail)

In-conversation, 2014

Compressed wood, glue, pigment & lacquer

(In 2 parts)

Surge, 2013

Sandstone

47” x 23" x 14”

Surge, 2013

Here and there, 2015

Plywood & acrylic

24” x 24” x 13”

Here and there, 2015

Bloom, 2014

Burnt wood, pigment & lacquer

37” x 19” x 13 1/2”

Fragmented Conversation, 2015

Plaster of paris, watercolor, soot & pigment

25” x 32” x 4”

Fragmented Conversation (detail)

Fill, 2013

Fiberglass, metal, resin & graphite

49 1/2” x 19 1/2”

Groove, 2012

Cast aluminum

23 1/2” x 18 1/2”

Into One, 2011-14

Cast aluminum

72” x 48” x 42”

Into One, 2011-14

Into One, 2011-14

Into One (detail)

Grasps, 2012

Granite

Dimensions variable (In 3 parts)

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