|Mithu Sen | All That’s Solid Melts Into Air 27th September – 14th October 2006
Mithu Sen's work consists of mixed media installations as well as paintings; her erotic, sometimes sexually explicit images and objects combine a wicked sense of humour with a unique sensitivity to shapes and colours. In contemporary art practices, Mithu Sen has attained a vibrant position with her multi-layered works. She voices her ideology through her generic forms and objects that have come out of a meticulous and well-thought process. Her work comes from her immediate surroundings and people contemplating the new and radical modes of depicting certain things while deconstructing the older ones.
All That’s Solid Melts Into Air
What informs the contemporary art scene is its rich diversity and the current exhibition of three young Indian artists on offer at Indar Pasricha Fine Arts is further proof of this statement. Its significance however is to do with recent developments whereby a number of new comers on the art scene, away from the mainstream are eagerly watched by galleries, buyers, the press and public alike. They are coming mainly from Russia, China and India.
As former members of the Communist regime, the success of young Russian and Chinese artists on the Western European art scene and market alike is to be anticipated, not least for the novelty aspect. India however has been of interest - albeit only from the historical perspective - for some considerable time, but paradoxically perhaps, the contemporary art scene was neglected: either it was not accessible, or it was not relevant, or of no interest artistically, or of no interest commercially.
This is about to change as the three artists on show at this gallery represent this new breed and they have something very valuable, apart from considerable talent, on offer: they have a voice.
'All that's solid melts into air' were Karl Marx's prophetic words written about a century ago informing the postmodernist process of fragmentation, whereby all that was solid is broken down into something quite else and this is the angle from which these young artists's work ought to be 're' interpreted.
September - October 2006