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Nature Morte is pleased to present an exhibition of new work s by the Bangalore-based artist Krishnaraj Chonat\, the artist’s first solo show in New Delhi. Employing a wide variety of materials and techniques\, Chonat creates complex sculptures that resemble both figures and landscapes \, but always just barely\, hovering between the organic and the man-made\, between the recognizable and the illusive.

Chonat is inspired by the phenomenon of mass tourism in the globalized context\, stating that “the exhibition seeks to highlight the significance of the human emotional component in the experience of the tourist landscape.” His works challenge our preconceived notions of the exotic\, the authentic\, the synthetic\, a nd the quotidian\, all slippery slopes indeed. His constructions refer to m useum dioramas\, historical artifacts\, architectural models\, natural hist ory specimens\, and displays found in sporting goods stores. Included in th e exhibition will be Chonat’s paintings on paper\, delicate and resonant wo rks which sketch out the ghostly apparitions of monuments\, tourist sites\, and the mirages of historical events.

Krishnaraj Chonat was b orn in Chennai in 1973 and lives and works in Bangalore. He earned a BFA de gree from the Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishad\, Bangalore in 1994 and went o n to get a Post-Diploma degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts\, M.S. Univers ity\, Baroda in 1996. Solo shows of his work have been mounted at Gallery S KE in Bangalore (2004 and 2010) and Project 88 in Mumbai (2007). He has par ticipated in a number of important museum survey exhibitions of Indian cont emporary art including those mounted by the Centre Pompidou\, Paris (2011)\ ; the Essl Museum\, Vienna (2009)\; the Mori Art Museum\, Tokyo (2008)\; Th e Mattress Factory\, Pittsburgh (2007)\; the Daimler Chrysler\, Berlin (200 7)\; and the Ecole des Beaux Arts\, Paris (2005).

DTEND:20130323 DTSTAMP:20140820T055525 DTSTART:20130223 GEO:28.5595022;77.2168036 LOCATION:Nature Morte\, New Delhi\,A-1 Neeti Bagh \nNew Delhi\, 110049 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: “All Sunsets are Sunsets”\, Krishnaraj Chonat UID:260441 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130223T200000 DTSTAMP:20140820T055525 DTSTART:20130223T180000 GEO:28.5595022;77.2168036 LOCATION:Nature Morte\, New Delhi\,A-1 Neeti Bagh \nNew Delhi\, 110049 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: “All Sunsets are Sunsets”\, Krishnaraj Chonat UID:260442 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR