Dhruva Mistry, The Human Abstract
A Royal College of Arts Scholar, and a professor of sculpture at the MSU, Baroda, Dhruva Mistry has been a lauded sculptor in the west, but has sparingly been seen in India.
It is great to see an extensive overview of Mistry’s sculptural and artistic practices in a gallery, and one can really expect great curation from Jhaveri Contemporary, to give the exhibits their due light.
The exhibition will comprise seminal early sculptures in fibreglass, drawings in pastel, gilded plaster reliefs and unique bronzes.
Two of the earliest works in the exhibition are Walking Man and Sitting Man—life size sculptures in fibreglass (both 1981). Also included are four works from the series Bad Infinite: Delight of the Reason (1992–93). These gold-leafed plaster reliefs vivify the interplays between artist and muse, the ‘gunas’ and ‘rasas’, the basic meanings of man and woman and animal. Mistry also refers to the Minotaur legend, and to Picasso’s treatment of it, and in doing so places himself in the lineage of artists who work with mythological themes.
“Influences and inspirations do not of course define or delimit Mistry, but eclecticism is central to his practice. He draws from the richness of many traditions, ancient and modern. References to classical sculpture—Indian, Assyrian, Egyptian—are central to his work, and he has long acknowledged the influence on his work of masters such as Henry Moore and Brâncuși. He is also concerned, conceptually, with the interaction between artist and viewer and what it means for a work of art to mediate between the two. This breadth and scope of reference is matched by the diversity of materials employed and by the many scales of his work, from maquettes to monumental public commissions.”
Jhaveri Contemporary, 58, Walkeshwar Rd, Raj Bhavan, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400006
01 Apr – 07 May 2016