Barren Red by Puneet Kaushik at Gallery Espace
About the Exhibition – Barren Red
In times of developing and development, we accommodate and bridge the unexplored desire of being. Our focus is far from humanitarianism.
The aerial view of the territorial landscape in red is a perception of the future in this crazy world of terrorism. The unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims within the self, within boundaries and no boundaries. Like a river of blood as, the faith is flowing away from its core. The red that flows under all our skin trickles down to unaccommodating boundaries that divide and distinguishes the self within us.
The body’s largest organ, skin contains a whole biological and cultural history within its layers—in a way, similar to the pigments of paint in an artwork, fibers in clothes, or the architectural makeup of a building.
Parallel life’s, conventional and unconventional, giving fodder to the self and living in a society. Flying and yet tying the self to the norms of the obvious expected.
Communal coming together of geographical and emotional yet territorial transformation of the scape. Like the openness of the sky and its constitution and the dots and structures of a line, geometrical patterns, that we recreate on earth. Almost like filling up the dots in kolams and dot grids.
All my works are sensitive to their environment—perhaps an attempt to take possession of a space. It is impossible for me to ignore the context the works are born in.
In tears comes laughter concealed, seek the treasure beneath the ruins
About the Artist
A Delhi-based artist with a uniquely ‘Global – Local’ perspective. Although best known for his strong, abstract, primeval artworks, Puneet has engaged and worked closely with tribal crafts practitioners for almost two decades now. He strongly feels that the national identity of India is rooted in its indigenous people, and their expressions. These manifest in building materials, crafts, textiles, folk stories etc. For him the nature of folk art is specific to its particular culture, which moves towards civilization yet, rapidly diminishing with modernity, industrialization, and outside influence. This residency will, therefore, help to tap the largely unmanifested communication between rural based ‘crafts’ and urban sensibilities. Puneet serves on the board of ‘Dastkar’ (www.dastkar.org) and is the Indian Visual Arts envoy for BritIndia.