National Gallery of Victoria Opens Contemporary Art Space With Ranjani Shettar Exhibition

TheNational Gallery of Victoria presents Ranjani Shettar: Dewdrops and Sunshine a sculptures exhibition on view 04 NOV 2011 – 26 FEB 2012.

The sculptures reveal Shettar’s dextrous ability to work with a range of materials; her choice of media a disparate roster of the organic and human-made, including tamarind kernel paste, muslin, lacquer, wood, automotive paint, fishing line, beeswax, dyed thread, latex rubber and steel.


Ranjani Shettar India born 1977 Fire in the belly 2007 wood, automobile paint, fishing line 304.8 x 396.2 x 348.0 cm Collection of Talwar Gallery New York/New Delhi and the artist, Bangalore Photo: Courtesy of Talwar Gallery, New York / New Delhi © Ranjani Shettar

Dating from 2003 to the present, these explore a wide spectrum of natural phenomena: the kinetic response of plants in the presence of sunlight and to sudden movement; the human sneeze as a reflex to bright light; the interaction of water and sunlight; and the fluorescence of fireflies.

Shettar’s work is represented in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Modern Art, New York. The artist has an extensive international record, having also exhibited at the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Hermes Foundation, Singapore; and Talwar Gallery, New York/New Delhi. She has further been featured in international surveys such as the 2006 Sydney Biennale and 2008 Carnegie International. Born in 1977, Shettar lives and works in Bangalore, India – www.ngv.vic.gov.au

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