Nature Morte is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Rajorshi Ghosh and Bijoy Jain (of Studio Mumbai). Both artists explore the fine line between abstraction and representation, while allowing the process of discovery, chance, and the inherent qualities of their materials to determine the final works.
Rajorshi Ghosh’s photo-montages present neutered versions of historical moments. He mutilates famous photographs and mounts them on to mirrors, confusing his source material with the reflection of the viewer and the space. His works force the viewer to reconsider how information is recognized and knowledge is transmitted. In Ghosh’s video works, found footage is also manipulated, abstracting both time and space, articulating spaces of both anxiety and dysfunction.
On display will be Bijoy Jain’s “Tar Studies” sculptures. The works have been included in larger survey shows of the architect’s practice with his firm Studio Mumbai at both Chemould Prescott Road Gallery in Mumbai and at the Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi. Examples were also included in the second edition of the Kochi/Muziris Biennale in 2014/15. At Nature Morte, isolated from his other experiments with materials and constructed forms, the works take on the weight of sculptural history, referencing the bronzes of Auguste Rodin and Medardo Rosso, but also Arte Povera and the works of Post-Minimalists such as Richard Serra and Robert Morris.
About the “Tar Studies” Bijoy Jain has commented:
Like flowing lava, Tar engulfs everything and obscures it. Like a veil, it hides and reveals at once, changing with time. Constantly in flux, these ever-changing forms create curiosity and anticipation. The amorphous blobs only hint at the inner structures that could be many different things. From a precise material study to more abstract metaphysical contemplation, these objects open up myriad possibilities in the way one engages with them.
Rajorshi Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1980 and currently lives and works in Athens, Ohio, USA, where he teaches in the School of Art at Ohio University. He received a BFA from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in 2004 and a MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007. His works have been exhibited by Seven Art Ltd at the Hong Kong Art Fair in 2012 and by Nature Morte at the Famous Studio in Mumbai and the Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh, both in 2014.
Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai in 1965 and received his Masters Degree in Architecture from the Washington University in St. Louis, USA in 1990. He worked in Los Angeles and London between 1989 and 1995 and returned to India in 1995 to found his practice, which he named Studio Mumbai. Jain’s work endeavors to explore “the genuine possibility in creating buildings that emerge through a process of collective dialogue, a face-to-face sharing of knowledge through imagination, intimacy, and modesty.” The studio designs through “an iterative process, where ideas are explored through the production of large-scale mock-ups, models, material studies, sketches, and drawings. The work of Studio Mumbai has been presented at the XVII Venice Biennale and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among other venues, and has received a wide array of architectural awards.