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ALWAR BALASUBRAMANIAM

in Alchemy: Explorations in Indigo

Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum, Ahmedabad, India
January 27 - March 31, 2019

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Lines of the Waves, 2018

Natural indigo pigments and acrylic on canvas  63″ x 67″

Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum is very pleased to host the launching exhibition Alchemy : Explorations in Indigo of the Arvind Indigo Museum. Seeing indigo as an art form, the exhibition will have national and international artists using indigo in multiple media and forms to create a world of all things indigo.

The natural world comes to occupy a central role in all seven indigo works of Bala—not only as subject matter or even material, but also as a kind of collaborator in their creation. The rings in Still Waves and Lines of the Waves register as much the natural processes of evaporation and the distinct nature of Indigo as they do the artist’s deliberate interventions. Inspired by the wind-swept mountains or rivers flowing over rocks, the organic surfaces of the Wind works and Untitled Earth reflect what would naturally occur over thousands of years. However, Bala created these works in his studio over a period of few months –gradually building each piece by accumulation for the wind works and dispersion for the water work. The resulting “Indigo Landscapes” are then realized by a series of molding, casting and painting processes. Partly an homage to nature and partly a challenge to create something of beauty and simplicity, Bala’s hand is felt as much as seen, present in the ways it moves like the wind through the matter around it or gently guiding the water as it flows through his landscape.

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Untitled, 2018

Natural indigo pigments and earth on canvas

30" x 24"

Untitled, 2018

Natural indigo pigments and earth on canvas

24" x 36"

Still Wave, 2008

Natural indigo pigments and acrylic on canvas 

64" x 68"

Lines of the Waves, 2018

Natural indigo pigments and acrylic on canvas 

63" x 67"

Wind Curve, 2018

Natural indigo pigments on resin cast from wind

36" x 44"

Wind Swirl, 2018

Natural indigo pigments on resin cast from wind

44" x 44"

Untitled Earth, 2018

Natural indigo pigments on resin cast from water flow

51" x 73"

Untitled, 2018

Natural indigo pigments and earth on canvas

30" x 24"

Untitled, 2018

Natural indigo pigments and earth on canvas

24" x 36"

Still Wave, 2008

Natural indigo pigments and acrylic on canvas 

64" x 68"

Lines of the Waves, 2018

Natural indigo pigments and acrylic on canvas 

63" x 67"

Wind Curve, 2018

Natural indigo pigments on resin cast from wind

36" x 44"

Wind Swirl, 2018

Natural indigo pigments on resin cast from wind

44" x 44"

Untitled Earth, 2018

Natural indigo pigments on resin cast from water flow

51" x 73"