HEMALI BHUTA, OR THE EXHIBI­TION AS AN OPEN-AIR LANDSCAPE – MARJORIE MICUCCI

30 January, 2018 – Aware

Hemali Bhuta, Encounters with gold, 2017, rug in rubber, imitation of gold leaf, dust of gneiss, quartz coring, colourless lacquer and arabic eraser, 80.5 cm x 60 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Project 88, Mumbai, © Photo: Aurélien Mole / CIAP de Vassivière

Hemali Bhuta, Encounters with gold, 2017, rug in rubber, imitation of gold leaf, dust of gneiss, quartz coring, colourless lacquer and arabic eraser, 80.5 cm x 60 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Project 88, Mumbai, © Photo: Aurélien Mole / CIAP de Vassivière

“The double title refers to a duality and conjunction of landscapes and geologies between the northeast of Indian where the Subarnarekha River flows towards the Bay of Bengal,3 which was a gold-bearing exploitation area, and this Limousin region, also known for its gold-extraction activity and in which the island and lake of Vassivière were artificially created. Bhuta thus interconnects mineral and aqueous bodies in these new artworks. The minimalist installations and modest sculptures presented are made of reworked, recycled, collected, reused, remodelled, displaced, or metamorphosised elements, which are then associated, combined, or superimposed. The artworks are dotted around the space, from the lighthouse to the little theatre, representing a pathway of moments of stasis, cross-references, and citations, within the monumental corpus of the post-modern building designed by Aldo Rossi and Xavier Fabre. The sculptures are distributed across the floor (Encounters with Gold, 2017; From the Pile, 2017), hung on the walls creating a floating effect (Cut Piece Corner, 2017), fragmented in an almost pictorial visual composition, or brought together in miniature form under glass museum display cases (Maquette for “The Fold” & Maquette for “80 Cuts”, 2017). They are thus confronted spatially, entering into conversation or contrasting with one another, and sometimes represent the memory of one with respect to another…”

HEMALI BHUTA, OR THE EXHIBI­TION AS AN OPEN-AIR LANDSCAPE – MARJORIE MICUCCI

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