Nature Morte, in collaboration with Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke of Bombay, is pleased to announce the first solo show in New Delhi of works by Aji V.N. Born in Kerala in 1968 and educated in Trivandrum (BFA) and New Delhi (MFA), the artist now lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
While most artists of his generation are turning somersaults to create ever-more-complicated installations, Aji V.N. creates an amazing range of works using the most economical of means. With only black charcoal on colored paper, Aji crafts images that range from the figurative to the abstract, through landscapes and crowd scenes to portraits and seascapes. Medium-sized, his images strike a verisimilitude that hovers between photography and scientific notation. Astonishing in their details, the works challenge the eye to decipher that which the hand has created, confound the brain with the pure magic of retinal opticality. To call these works simply "drawings" does not account for the luminescence and uncanny touch the artist imparts upon his medium.