Master-artist and photographer Rameshwar Broota gives ‘resin’ new life in his solo show titled SCRIPTED IN TIME II
At Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, Jan 28 to Feb 12
The show moves to Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, March 1 to April 2
New Delhi: Vadehra Art Gallery presents Scripted in Time II, a solo show of sculptures, wall-mounted paintings and photographs by master artist Rameshwar Broota at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi from January 28 to February 12, 2019, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibition will then move to Vadehra Art Gallery, Defence Colony, New Delhi from March 1 till April 2, 2019.
The sculptures and wall mounted works have been made using the industrial and commercial material of 'resin". It all began when Broota noticed the enormous stacks of waste paper that his shredding machine was generating while working at his office-cum-studio one day. “I found these streamers extremely interesting and wondered how I could retain their beauty if I used them in a sculpture form. For that, I needed a transparent material.”
When days of research on the internet finally led him to ‘epoxy-resin”, he discovered that the material was usually blended with color for industrial use. “It’s not an easy material to work with. It freezes in 24 hours at room temperature so one has to work really quickly, it comes in different viscosity so one has to mix two types of liquids (resin and hardener) in exact proportion for a satisfactory result,” Broota says.
The form and material may be completely new, but Broota continues to deal with the subjects of memory and roots in these new works as well. He has used components like shreds of old janmapatris (horoscopes), crumpled newspapers, torn notes, weathered postcards et al in his work.
The photographs are also a first of their kind. This is not street photography that documents either a place or a memory but has been tweaked to create Broota’s signature language of abstraction. “What I have also done is to print these photos in the Corning Gorilla Glass, and not frame them in the traditional way. This gives a glassy and smooth feel to the work, and connects with my idea of how some memories are frozen and embedded forever in our minds.”