Thursday, October 11, 2012

Handmade weaver bird's delicate nests crafted by Adip Dutta

Born 1970, Adip Dutta did his Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA) in 1998 and Master of Visual Arts (MVA), Dept of Sculpture, Faculty of Visual Arts at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata (2000). A member of Faculty of Visual Arts at the university, Calcutta

He has had solos including ‘MAN | NAM’, Aicon Gallery, London, UK (2007); ‘The Mould Confronting a Snake - The Theatre of the Absurd’ (an exhibition of sculptures, sculptural objects, drawings and period photographs), Project 88, Mumbai (2006); Installation in Sculpture, Art Heritage, New Delhi (2003), and ‘Sculptural Arrangements’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata (2001).

His selected group exhibits include Art Dubai, EXPERIMENTER, Kolkata (2011); ‘Writing Visuals’, Harrington Street Arts Center, Kolkata (201O); ‘Tell Tale: Fiction Falsehood & Fact’, EXPERIMENTER (2009); ‘New Wave: Contemporary Indian Art’, Aicon Gallery, London and New York (2007); ‘Other Directions’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture (2006); ‘New Wave in Bengal Art’, Akar Prakar, Kolkata (2005); ‘Migration City, Home’, Lalit Kala Kendra, Kolkata and Birla Academy of Art and Culture (2003). His public installation, entitled ‘Celestial Angels’, in Delhi was widely appreciated.

Hand woven with shiny stainless steel wires, industrial scrubbers and loofahs, his creations on view at  the prestigious fair explore the subtle relationship existing between natural and cultural, and also the patient act of constructing a nest out of the instinct of protecting and preserving. This larger than life work is monumental forms is titled ‘Nested’.

In essence, the sculpture at Frieze, London by him is a meticulously created set of nests with which he explores the nuances of relationship between the seemingly ordinary, diverse material and nature. The artist weaves and layers the artwork - in an apparent act of replication very much akin to a bird's nest. This weaver bird's nest symbolizes delicate craftsmanship, aesthetic sensibilities, and perseverance, according to him. "It's an example of the natural nesting instinct in the mammals to offer a sense of care and protection, reflecting in the primal instinct of building a shelter that transcends both time and place."

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