Mint Lounge: Experiments with colour at Frieze London

Posted On: Monday, October 12th, 2020 | by project88pressadmin

By Avantika Bhuyan

Benodebehari Mukherjee’s paper-cut collages to Prafulla Mohanti’s Tantra works and Mahesh Baliga’s paintings of melting time, colour is at the heart of Indian galleries’ showcase at the art fair.

Velu Viswanadhan's 'Untitled', casein on linen (1991). Courtesy: Project 88Velu Viswanadhan’s ‘Untitled’, casein on linen (1991). Courtsey: Project 88

With works by artists like Velu Vishwanadhan, Mahesh Baliga, Prabhakar Kolte, Neha Choksi and Amitesh Shrivastav, colour and materiality seems to be at the heart of the Project 88 showcase. These then become conduits to talk about tectonic shifts both in the artistic process and in the world around us. According to Sree Banerjee Goswami, the selection of works brings about different understandings of the medium of painting. “It was important to pitch the act of painting, the varied approaches, and how colour and process becomes a conduit to emotions in these very strange and difficult times,” she says. Painting then creates a ground for possibilities where the optic and the haptic meet. “It is where colour becomes matter-flow and the maker and the created are on the same plane,” Goswami adds.

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