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RANJANI SHETTAR

Between the sky and earth

January 29 – August 9, 2014

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Between the sky and earth, 2013 -14 (detail)

Teakwood (in 6 parts)

Continuing her innovative approach to material and engagement with nature, Ranjani Shettar’s recent body of multi-component sculptures pares antique rosewood, walnut and teak in unexpected and pliable forms. Uninhibited by their materiality, the works carved in solid wood are imbued with a certain poise and lightness. These unique forms, evocative yet elusive, collaborate with each wood’s distinctive grain, knots and fissures, at times guiding its lines and movement. Occasionally there would appear chisel marks or unpolished surfaces, as traces deliberately left by the artist to provide a gentle peek at her process. Appearing malleable as if molded by hand, these wooden sculptures stretch and bend across walls, curve and twist on the ground, while others gliding like the wings of a bird – float weightlessly in space. Enigmatic and unbound, the environment Shettar creates with her installations is immersive and vibrant, surprising the viewer with their simplicity while enchanting with their magic.

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Alapadma, 2013- 14

Teakwood & Lacquered wood (in 5 parts)

176” x 71” x 12” (overall dimensions)

Ranjani Shettar’s works have been the subject of several museum exhibitions including solo presentations at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (The MET) (2018), The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (2019), The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) (2009); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2011); The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, MA (2008); The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (2008-9) and Hermes Fondation, Singapore (2011).  Ranjani’s works have also been featured in exhibitions at The 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); Art Tower Mito, Japan, Artpace, Texas (2006); Marian Goodman Gallery (2006), Cartier Fondation, Paris (2005); Sainsbury Center, UK (2005), Wexner Center, OH (2005), The Walker Art Center, MN (2003), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy (2003) and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (2003).  

Exhibition Views

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Torque, 2013-14

Rosewood

97” x 18” x 13”

Torque, 2013-14

Torque, 2013-14

Torque, 2013-14

Torque, 2013-14

Stonewall’s Bloom, 2013-14

Muslin dyed in pomegranate skin, tamarind seed paste and lacquer (in 4 parts)

110” x 58”

Stonewall’s Bloom (detail) 

Tendu, 2013-14

Walnut Wood (in 13 parts)

45” x 66” x 109” (overall dimensions) 

Tendu (detail)

Tendu (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 (detail)

Between the sky and earth (detail)

Between the sky and earth (detail)

Remanence from last night’s dream, 2011

Rosewood  & Lacquered wood

4” x 4” x 43”

Remanence from last night’s dream, 2011

Rose & Lacquered wood

20” x 10” x 5”

Remanence from last night’s dream, 2011

Alapadma, 2013- 14

Teakwood & Lacquered wood (in 5 parts)

Largest dimensions: 31” x 21” x 9”

Smallest dimensions: 30” x 21” x 9”

 

Alapadma (detail)

Alapadma (detail)

Alapadma (detail)

Alapadma (detail)

Between the edges, 2013-14

Teakwood (in 2 parts)

22” x 17” x 60”

38” x 9” x 32”

Between the edges, 2013-14

Between the edges (detail)

Torque, 2013-14

Rosewood

97” x 18” x 13”

Torque, 2013-14

Torque, 2013-14

Torque, 2013-14

Torque, 2013-14

Stonewall’s Bloom, 2013-14

Muslin dyed in pomegranate skin, tamarind seed paste and lacquer (in 4 parts)

110” x 58”

Stonewall’s Bloom (detail) 

Tendu, 2013-14

Walnut Wood (in 13 parts)

45” x 66” x 109” (overall dimensions) 

Tendu (detail)

Tendu (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 (detail)

Between the sky and earth (detail)

Between the sky and earth (detail)

Remanence from last night’s dream, 2011

Rosewood  & Lacquered wood

4” x 4” x 43”

Remanence from last night’s dream, 2011

Rose & Lacquered wood

20” x 10” x 5”

Remanence from last night’s dream, 2011

Alapadma, 2013- 14

Teakwood & Lacquered wood (in 5 parts)

Largest dimensions: 31” x 21” x 9”

Smallest dimensions: 30” x 21” x 9”

 

Alapadma (detail)

Alapadma (detail)

Alapadma (detail)

Alapadma (detail)

Between the edges, 2013-14

Teakwood (in 2 parts)

22” x 17” x 60”

38” x 9” x 32”

Between the edges, 2013-14

Between the edges (detail)

Alwar Balasubramaniam and Ranjani Shettar
Alwar Balasubramaniam and Ranjani Shettar
Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century March 6 - September 12, 2021

The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, celebrates its centennial with Seeing Differently. The exhibition marks the first major celebration of the museum’s permanent collection in over 10 years and includes works by Paul Klee, Mondrian, Rothko, Pollock, Picasso, de Kooning, Calder, Jacob Lawrence and Ranjani Shettar amongst others...

Artforum
Artforum
Ranjani Shettar September 2018

The Indian Artist Ranjani Shettar first exhibited in the United States in 2003, just three years after getting her MFA in Bangalore, and has shown here steadily ever since.

The Wall
The Wall
Between sky and earth March 2014

In a world of complexity, simple ideas are hard to grasp. Born and raised in the beautiful coun­try side of Karnataka, Ranjani Shettar is in­spired by nature, and in 'Between Sky and Earth,' presents works that are simple yet complex as nature itself. 

The Indian Express
The Indian Express
Ranjani Shettar: Saga in wood February 16, 2014

Shettar’s solo in Delhi comprises eight new wooden sculptures, including a small work, titled Remanence from Last Night’s Dream, carved from rosewood and lacquered wood and fixed to the wall like a painting. This work draws from the artist’s memories of watching children of her generation play with Channapatna toys (toys made from lacquered wood in rural Karnataka).

The Sunday Guardian
The Sunday Guardian
An aerial dream in wood: The suspended world of sculpture February 8, 2014

About five months ago, I visited the Talwar Art Gallery to see Navjot Altaf's sculptural installation, and I ended up having a long and gratifying chat with the artist.

Time Out
Time Out
Touch Wood February 2014

In an art scene dominated by blockbuster productions and larger than life installations, Ranjani Shettar is perhaps one of the few sculptors who insist on carving and creating her work by hand without the help of assistants. 

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