Sheela Gowda's newly created work for the dhaka art summit 2018 touring exhibition A beast, a god, and a line, inscribes the artist’s long standing explorations into the field of materiality and space, offering nuanced and vibrant means of understanding the world.
part of the touring exhibition: a beast, a god, and a line, CURATED BY COSMIN COSTINAS
2-10 February 2018 | Dhaka Art Summit
17 march - 20 may 2018 | Para site, hong kong
6-24 june 2018 | TS1, Yangon
20 july - 7 October 2018 | Museum of Modern Art in WARSAw
The newly created work is inscribed by the artist’s long standing explorations into the field of materiality and space, offering a nuanced and vibrant means of understanding the world. She is interested in the power that objects and forms carry in capturing aspects of reality, with its social and cultural narratives, that are otherwise unseen by, and unspeakable through, other languages of representation and analysis. Materials for Gowda can be at the same time complex metaphors and ends in themselves, forgetful of their many cultural and spiritual investments attributed by human practice, but charged with a potential spiritual tension of their own. Her vocabulary is constantly discovered, and invented, by the things that surround her and that she respells into her works, like the gamcha, the ubiquitous towel cloth in Bangladesh and throughout South Asia, which form the basis of this work.
Commissioned by the Samdani Art Foundation, Para Site and Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie. Courtesy of the artist.