Vibha Galhotra: Beyond the Blue

When 21 Feb 2020 - 28 Mar 2020
Where Jack Shainman Gallery
524 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States
Enquiry 212.337.3372

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Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to present Beyond the Blue, an exhibition of new work by Indian conceptual artist Vibha Galhotra (b. 1978) at the gallery’s 524 West 24th Street location. The third solo presentation of Galhotra’s work at the gallery, the show is spatially and conceptually divided into two parts: the first imagines looming catastrophe on earth as the planet’s resources are depleted, and the second examines questions of survival and interplanetary escape. Together, they act as a warning, imparting a sense of urgency before environmental displacement forces the population into space.

The artist’s practice centers on environmental concerns and the consequences of industrialization and globalization. Offering a counter to the conventional approach to environmental studies, Galhotra seeks to expand the discourse to include history, theory, political intervention, economy, tradition, and culture when considering the current state of environmental degradation. Her process-oriented practice is based in both research and intuition; her work dwells between the personal and public, reality and belief, and science and spirituality to explore the shifting landscape of society.

Featured in the first room of the gallery are molded paper works imagining the earth’s landscape after its resources have been exhausted, offering a picture of the consequences of our perpetual denial and refusal to forgo the perceived comforts of development and capitalism. In working with paper, an inherently delicate material, Galhotra meditates on the ephemerality of the planet’s resources and the fragility of our existence. In these performative works, the paper terrain is cast from a concrete mold, resulting in a topography that acts as a record of the artist’s creative process – a process through which Galhotra enacts the wounding of our planet, impressing upon the viewer the damage caused by human activity.

Image courtesy of the event organizer.

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