Sunday, March 31, 2013

‘Eternal Recurrence’ at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

Parul Thacker makes use of light much like a draughtsman using a pen. It defines and articulates her vision. Through its manipulation she explores the universe both within and without. The artist’s unique trans-disciplinary constructs portray the beauty of coincidental symmetries in nature and technology.

The synthetic syncretizes with the organic, defining the domain of her canvas through the strength, beauty and purity of materials that she delineates in geometric structures. In ‘Eternal Recurrence’ - her first solo exhibition at Mumbai's Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, she vitalizes tendencies toward material, method and space in an elaborate body of work which includes sculpture, installation, drawing and photography.

After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in textile design at the Sophia Polytechnic College of Art and Design in Mumbai, she undertook a course in surface ornamentation at The National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. Her background in weaving and embroidery led her to explore the invention of new stitches and forms, while a research of unconventional pigments such as ash led to the casting of material in new and ever-changing contexts.

Her multi-media installations play with the idea of surface and depth creating a magical tension between material and form. Sometimes the forms rise in spectral, sinuous shapes that are reminiscent of nature’s forces: the curling of waves, the spinning of a tornado. Sometimes they are like vast lunar landscapes.

The crystal – an absolute system of linkage – is key to Parul’s compositions. Re-defining techniques from her study of the art of embroidery, weaving and stitching, she structures myriad materials – nylon monofilaments, acrylic tubes, translucent gels and pigments – that hold crystals at their core. Her juxtapositions probe the visible and invisible systems of organic patterns and our material environment; they portray the beauty of coincidental symmetry of nature and technology; and they comment on the filigree compounds of society and subject in our day-to-day world.

The artist has shown her works at ART HK 12, Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong; Mumbai Gallery Weekend, Taj Lands End; Art Dubai; and India Art Summit, New Delhi.

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