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RANJANI SHETTAR

On and on it goes on

March 10 - August 17, 2018

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Tendu, 2013-2014  Walnut wood  118 3/4” x 68 1/2” x 24” 

On view are recent works where Shettar extracts the possibilities of wood. Dominating in the front gallery is Meandering lines, searching rivers – in which graceful lines in wood gently rise, bend, converge and turn to create a sculptural drawing on the wall. In another work, two vertical and angular forms in wood appear to be dancing with their feet barely touching the ground. Tendu hugs a corner in the gallery where hundreds of strips of bent walnut wood join in as if coming together to push the walls aside and not caving in. In the other major work, How long is a mile on two wings, organic forms in burnished red created from steel and muslin hover like flowers freed by wind gusts floating in midair. Inhabiting the space, it invites the viewer to come in closer – immersed in it, one becomes part of a larger, dynamic whole, a totality whose rhythms and cadences can be felt viscerally.  Ranjani’s approach establishes the kind of revaluation of the relationship between humanity and “nature,” the consideration of the earth as more than an extractable resource or a surface for construction. The deep respect and even affection for the natural world so evident in Ranjani’s work is not, however, a nostalgia for a bucolic idyll. Her work may be whimsical, entrancing, beautiful—but they are not Romantic in their conceptions of nature. Hers is an ethical as much as an aesthetic commitment to the natural world, a philosophical framework as well as a way of life.

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How long is a mile on two wings (detail)

Ranjani Shettar’s works have been the subject of several museum exhibitions including solo presentations at The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, MA (2008); The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (2008-9); The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) (2009); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2011); Hermes Fondation, Singapore (2011) and BDL Museum, Mumbai, India (2012). Her works have also been featured in exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY (2010); Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi (2011, 2012, 2013), 5th Moscow Biennale (2013); 10th Liverpool Biennial, UK (2010); 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, PA (2008); 9th Lyon Biennial, France (2007); 8th Sharjah Biennial (2007); 15th Sydney Biennale, Australia (2006); Artpace, Texas (2006); Cartier Fondation, Paris (2005); Wexner Center, OH (2005) and The Walker Art Center, MN (2003). In 2012 in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York the artist created a limited-edition project, Varsha.

Exhibition Views

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Counterpoint, 2018

Reclaimed teak wood 

106 1/2” x 39 1/2” x 30” 

Counterpoint (detail)

Counterpoint, 2018

Counterpoint (detail)

Meandering lines, searching rivers, 2017

Walnut wood

120 1/4” x 345” x 2 3/4” 

Meandering lines, searching rivers (detail)

Meandering lines, searching rivers, 2017

Meandering lines, searching rivers, 2017

Meandering lines, searching rivers (detail)

Spin, 2018

Reclaimed teak wood 

75” x 47” x 24 1/2” 

Spin (2018)

Spin (2018)

Tendu, 2013-2014

Walnut wood 

118 3/4” x 68 1/2” x 24” 

Tendu (2013-2014)

Tendu (detail)

How long is a mile on two wings, 2017

Stainless steel, dyed muslin, tamarind seed powder paste

109 1/2 x 132 x 92 1/2

How long is a mile on two wings (detail)

How long is a mile on two wings (detail)

How long is a mile on two wings (detail)

Counterpoint, 2018

Reclaimed teak wood 

106 1/2” x 39 1/2” x 30” 

Counterpoint (detail)

Counterpoint, 2018

Counterpoint (detail)

Meandering lines, searching rivers, 2017

Walnut wood

120 1/4” x 345” x 2 3/4” 

Meandering lines, searching rivers (detail)

Meandering lines, searching rivers, 2017

Meandering lines, searching rivers, 2017

Meandering lines, searching rivers (detail)

Spin, 2018

Reclaimed teak wood 

75” x 47” x 24 1/2” 

Spin (2018)

Spin (2018)

Tendu, 2013-2014

Walnut wood 

118 3/4” x 68 1/2” x 24” 

Tendu (2013-2014)

Tendu (detail)

How long is a mile on two wings, 2017

Stainless steel, dyed muslin, tamarind seed powder paste

109 1/2 x 132 x 92 1/2

How long is a mile on two wings (detail)

How long is a mile on two wings (detail)

How long is a mile on two wings (detail)

RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Earth Songs for a Night Sky The Phillips Collection, Washington DC May 16 – August 25, 2019
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Seven ponds and a few raindrops The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York March 12 – September 16, 2018
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Bubble trap and a double bow Talwar Gallery, New Delhi February 1 - December 30, 2017
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Night skies and daydreams Talwar Gallery, New York May 10 – October 4, 2014
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Between the sky and earth Talwar Gallery, New Delhi January 29 – August 9, 2014
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Dewdrops and Sunshine National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia November 4, 2011 - February 26, 2012
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RANJANI SHETTAR
Present Continuous Talwar Gallery, New Delhi January 19 - December 24, 2011
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Talwar Gallery, New York October 2, 2009 - March 5, 2010
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
New Work San Francisco Museum of Modern Art March 21 - July 7, 2009
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Inaugural Rooftop Sculpture Garden San Francisco Museum of Modern Art March 21 - July 7, 2009
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
FOCUS Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth December 14, 2008 - February 8, 2009
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Momentum 10 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston March 19 - July 13, 2008
RANJANI SHETTAR
RANJANI SHETTAR
Epiphanies Talwar Gallery, New Delhi October 27, 2007 - March 13, 2008
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RANJANI SHETTAR
The Indian Spring Talwar Gallery, New York June 5 - July 17, 2004
Ranjani Shettar
Ranjani Shettar
Alwar Balasubramaniam and Ranjani Shettar
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