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Deccan Herald: Dipping into the colour of infinity

Posted On: Sunday, December 10th, 2023 | by project88pressadmin

The exhibition showcases a diverse array of art forms, encompassing painting, sculpture as well as video and installation art.

15Prajakta Potnis, Capsule 2, LED light box with aluminum frame, 2023

An ongoing exhibition in Delhi has 19 artists exploring their individual engagement with Prussian Blue. The uniqueness of the colour is relatively unknown, as is its link with science and its role in transforming the course of art. It was by accident that two German alchemists discovered Prussian Blue in a Berlin laboratory. Thus, the world’s first synthetic pigment was born, and it became an instant sensation. Many artists turned to Prussian Blue, including Pablo Picasso whose work between 1901 and 1904 is called his ‘Blue Period’. With this exhibition, curator Dr Arshiya Lokhandwala pays a subliminal tribute to her late father who manufactured paints, Prussian Blue being his favourite. Researching the colour deeply, she was amazed at its historical significance and realised there was no large-scale exhibition that explored its historicity. So, she reached out to artists who immediately responded to the challenge of thinking through the colour.

The exhibition showcases a diverse array of art forms, encompassing painting, sculpture as well as video and installation art. As the works came together, the artists had to decide how they tied into their larger practice.“The expansive and diverse use of media allowed the artists to find their own trajectory, and unpack the colour, politicising it in their own manner through its materiality,” explained Lokhandwala.

Prajakta Potnis’ lightbox ‘Capsule 2’ is a photograph of a constructed landscape shot in a temperature-controlled environment of a refrigerator. Her works attempt to echo a sense of a tipping point of no return, of fading landscapes and toxic residues. “The cold blue light within the three installations plays an active agent in subliminally evoking a sense of alienness and anxiety,” Potnis elaborated.

Read the entire article here:  https://www.deccanherald.com/features/art-and-culture/dipping-into-the-colour-of-infinity-2803109