Size Matters or Does It? Part II
110030 New Delhi
Latitude 28 presents Size Matters or Does It? Part II – a unique exhibition that questions the conventional notions about the apt size of an art work.
The participating artists include: Babu Eshwar Prasad, Chila Kumari Burman, Jayashree Chakravarty, Manisha Parekh, Minal Damani, Niyeti Chadha, TV Santosh and Simrin Mehra Agrawal.
Says Bhavna Kakar, Director, Latitude 28: “The motive of the show is not to establish the commercial aspect of art in terms of the size of a work but to look at a gamut of contemporary artists whose works are fresh in approach and concept proving their proficiency at handling both BIG or SMALL format works. Since no specific size was allocated to the artists, their works are their own personal interpretations of the title Size Matters or Does It?”
The show unravels the question of size in its many facets. On one hand, institutional forces and the art market can play an important role in the unfolding of art history. A large (or small) artwork may be deemed more or less desirable with size as a primary criterion of judgment, although these estimations may crumble under closer investigation. After all, does big always mean more?
Secondly, size can be a method of resistance and formal critique in a work. As a strategy of representation, exploding and contracting images can extend its meaning and alter a viewer’s encounter with the work. Exaggerated sizes can disturb, provoke and even bring out the humor in art. It can also evoke feelings of alienation and displacement. The human tendency to find an anchor in comparable and relative sameness furnishes size with the ability to suggest difference.