Talwar Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition of sculptural works by Alwar Balasubramaniam. This exhibition marks a decade since his US debut solo in the same space. The exhibition will open to the public on May 5th and run through July 27, 2012.
Expanding on the dialogue created by his past works, Bala’s new works pushes the boundaries of his practice conceptually and materially. Imperceptible folds and lines between the artist's closed hands are monumentalized in works carved from sandstone and granite, while in other works cast from the artist's body, the exterior is all that remains: a folded layer existing only as skin, cast off like clothing is a poignant remnant embodying absence. Another work, hovering in mid-air, entices the viewer to believe in the unseen. In an interplay of forms taken from the body, the works become increasingly abstract as they move from the outside to the spaces enclosed within—the familiar sources of their creation dissolving into unexpected and ethereal formations.
Seeing is not believing and believing is what is in the unseen. Bala works with the thresholds of the physical, the visible, the perceptible, allowing the viewer to transgress all boundaries. His works materialize the non-physical, show the invisible and permit the experience of the imperceptible.
Alwar Balasubramaniam was born in 1971 in Tamil Nadu, India. His works have been frequently seen in international exhibitions and Institutions including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Mori Art Museum, Japan; Essl Museum, Austria and recently in a solo exhibition at The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. His works will be on view in the upcoming 18th Biennale of Sydney opening June 26 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Cockatoo Island, Sydney.
Alwar Balasubramaniam lives and works in Bangalore, India. His works are also currently on view at Talwar Gallery, New Delhi.